RUSSIA: Transfer Window round-up


The Russian winter transfer window ended earlier today and here’s a full rundown of all the big movers and shakers.

Anzhi Makachkala were the biggest spenders in this transfer window although that was mostly down to the transfer of Willian (pictured below) from Shakhtar Donetsk for €35 million. Andrey Yeschenko was brought in from Lokomotiv Moscow for €1 million and a deadline day deal saw Emir Spahic arrive on loan from Sevilla to replace the departed Christopher Samba. Georgi Gabulov also left the championship challengers moving to Alania for €1 million.

Gabulov will be joined at Alania by Royston Drenthe who has arrived on a free transfer along with Bressan who left BATE Borisov in a deal reportedly worth €3.5 million.

Vagner Love (pictured above) returned to current table toppers CSKA Moscow from Flamengo for €6 million whilst city rivals, Spartak strengthened their frontline with the signings of Wasir Majeed from Swedish side Hacken and Krasnodar’s Yura Movsisyan who already has nine league goals in Russia this season. Salvatore Bocchetti also arrived from Rubin Kazan taking Spartak’s total spending in this window to €13.4 million. Wellinton and Demy de Zeeuw both left the club on loan. The striker returned to Brazil with Gremio and the one time Dutch international left to join Belgian champions elect Anderlecht.

Despite losing Salvatore Bocchetti and Carlos Eduardo, who joined Flamengo on loan, Rubin Kazan won the race for highly-rated France international Yann M’Vila in a deal which cost them €12 million.

Champions Zenit were relatively quiet in this window yet they did spend €6.5 million on bringing Portuguese defender Neto from Siena and the Serbian Milan Rodic for an undisclosed amount from OFK Beograd. Both Danko Lazovic and Michael Lumb left the club to join Rostov and VFL Bochum respectively.

Dan Petrescu’s high-flying Dinamo were economical with their dealings in this window. They parted with €700K for Pavel Ignatovich from Amkar Perm’ whilst also getting Sergey Davydov on loan from Rubin Kazan. Zvjezdan Misimovic was allowed to move to the Chinese Super League with Guizou Renhe for €3.5 million as well as Gordon Schildenfeld joining Greek side PAOK on loan.

Other transfers worth noting include Charles Kabore’s switch from French side Olympique Marseille to Kuban’ Krasnodar in a deal worth €2 million. Terek Grozny spent nearly €6 million on Brazilian Kanu from Anderlecht and the much coveted Uruguayan Facundo Piriz from Nacional. Another Uruguayan midfielder who moved to Russia is Mauricio Pereyra. The 22-year old joined Krasnodar from Argentinean side Lanus for €2 million.


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