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Reports in Italy today suggest that top Russian sides Rubin Kazan and Zenit St. Petersburg are both keen on former Chelsea-striker Adrian Mutu.
In what appears to be superficially an unlikely link, reports today say that both top-flight Russian teams are preparing bids of around €6 million to try and lure Mutu away from Fiorentina. The Romanian international has been forced out of the lime-light in recent months in Florence by the sudden prominence of Stefan Jovetic, the Serbian wunderkind and also the arrival of Adam Ljiajc in the side.
Rubin are current Russian champions having claimed the title in the last two seasons, and are in the market for attacking replacements after seeing Alejandro Dominguez depart over the winter on a free transfer to Valencia.
The link with Zenit may be more obvious, as new Italian coach Luciano Spaletti looks to assemble a side ready to take on the like of Rubin, and the Muscovite giants such as Spartak and CSKA. Spaletti has been given a sizeable war-chest with which to use in the transfer market, and has already dipped into it by acquiring Alexandr Kerzahkov from Dynamo Moscow. The former AS Roma manager may be able to persuade Mutu that his future lies in Eastern Europe.
Mutu enjoys an excellent reputation in Italy largely thanks to his time in Florence, where he rebuilt his reputation after difficult spells at both Juventus and Chelsea. The Romanian international has shown that he struggles when not considered first-choice attacking option, so a departure from Serie A to the Russian league, where he would be an undoubted star, could yet prove to be an excellent option.
Reports in Italy indicate that former Chelsea forward Hernan Crespo continues to be a man in demand in Serie A. It seems as if Juventus believe he is the man to sort out their miserable current form.
Crespo, 34, has been with Genoa since the summer when he transferred to the ambitious Genovese as part of the deal that took his compatriot Diego Milito the other way to Inter Milan. However, his time in Genoa has been far from a success with 18 appearances yielding just four goals this term.
The former Agentine international, once the most expensive player in the world when he left Parma for Lazio for a then record of £35 million, is only on a short-term deal, so would be available at a relatively cheap price.
Crespo made 60 appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge scoring 22 goals in the process, including 10 in 19 league matches in his first season in the Premiership, but failed to ever settle in West London, and spent much of time away back in Italy on loan at either AC Milan or Inter Milan. His time at Chelsea continues to divide fans of the club, with many considering him an expensive flop, whilst his supporters point at his respectable goal-record.
This season Juventus have been stricken by injuries to their front line with Vincenzo Iaquinta and David Trezeguet both unavailable. Things have got so bad that under-pressure boss Ciro Ferrara resorted to trying midfielder Diego up front alongside the out of form Amauri in the weekend defeat to AC Milan.
Crespo’s agent has already expressed his client’s desire to move on at the end of his deal, so Genoa may opt to make a little profit on their want-away veteran by letting him leave now. Genoa have already thinned out their bulging attack with the departure of one-time Newcastle United target Sergio Floccari to Napoli this winter, and it would be no surprise to see Crespo also head for the departure door.