Chelsea and Man City lead several big hitters in pursuit of the Russian duo
Chelsea and Manchester City are leading the hunt for Dinamo Moscow duo Arsen Zakharyan and Konstantin Tyukavin, although the pair are also being pursued by a host of European clubs, according to TEAMtalk.
The teenagers are considered two of the most promising players in Eastern Europe, having climbed the ranks together at Dinamo. Samaran-born Zakharyan is a game-creating attacking midfielder with exceptional vision. He made his debut for Dinamo in 2020 and a year later was playing for the senior Russia team.
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The 18-year-old has long been considered Russia’s most exciting prospect, and his game has captured the interest of many clubs.
Scouts from all over Europe flocked to see it, with particular interest in Germany. More than a dozen Bundesliga clubs have watched him, including Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Atalanta, Roma and Inter Milan also carried out checks.
But sources in Russia believe Premier League interest could be most important with the two City and Chelsea looking at him attentively. They are not alone, however, with Everton, Leicester, Brighton and Brentford also compiling impressive reports on him.
However, almost every club that watched Zakharyan took an interest in his teammate Konstantin Tyukavin.
The 19-year-old forward has also gone through the Dimano system and like Zakharyan, Tyukavin is already a full-fledged international and often plays the number 10 role.
Both players are under contract with Dinamo until 2024.
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Meanwhile, New Genoa boss and former Chelsea forward Andriy Shevchenko has reportedly considered a move for Blues midfielder Christian Pulisic.
Pulisic moved to Stamford Bridge in 2019 from German squad Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth around £ 58million. The American star has enjoyed an impressive first campaign, scoring 13 goals in 25 Premier League appearances.
However, he has hardly appeared so far this quarter, mainly due to a persistent ankle injury.
This has led to saying that Chelsea may seek to offload him, with Genoa becoming a potential destination.
Shevchenko played 77 times for Chelsea before his departure in 2009. He was also Ukraine manager for five years before recently taking over as Serie A manager.
Il Secolo XIX (as cited by Sports witness) reports that Shevchenko has “an eye on” Pulisic. The Stamford Bridge playmaker would be “ideal for the 4-3-3 that the manager has in mind.”
The report adds that the Blues could be open to a loan. But this is due to the fact that Pulisic is “guaranteed to play first-team football with someone they know well”.
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