Feyenoord, the Dutch Club is targeting to sign Russian midfielder Arsen Zakharyan of Moscow “Dynamo.”
On September 1, 2022, Dynamo reported that it had received a transfer bid from London Chelsea for Zakharyan, but that it had declined for a variety of technical reasons, including financial concerns under sanctions outside the Moscow club’s control. The player cannot be moved to the summer transfer window. Dmitry Gafin, a Dynamo board member, informed reporters in November 2022 that there was a delay in discussions with Chelsea over Zakharyan. Then, on Twitter, writer Robert O’Connor claimed that the player will not join the English club during the winter transfer window.
Feyenoord targets Russian Young Midfielder for Summer Signing
Journalist Fabrizio Romano stated on social media that Arsen Zakharyan, a midfielder for Moscow Dynamo and the Russian national team, is on the short list of the Dutch Feyenoord.
According to a source, the Dutch club plans to sign the player this summer. Ajax is also allegedly keeping eye on the player.
“Zakharyan’s contract expires in 2024, and he has a huge opportunity in the market after the Chelsea deal fell through a year ago,” Romano stated.
Zakharyan appeared in 27 games in the Russian Championship last season, scoring four goals and assisting on seven others.
Chelsea made an offer of £12.6 million for the Russian midfielder in the summer of 2022. However, the move did not take place due to the limitations placed on Russian football last year.
Chelsea’s persistent interest in Russia was revealed in January, although it is no longer a top choice for the British. The club has spent almost £500 million on player transfers since Todd Bowley became charge.
Zakharyan got his first call-up to the senior Russia team on May 11, 2021. He added to the preliminary extended 30-man roster for UEFA Euro 2020. He got tonsillitis in camp and was not able to make the final roster.
Zakharyan made his senior squad debut on September 1, 2021, in a 2022 World Cup qualifier against Croatia. He started the game but got replacement in the second half as the game ended 0-0. He surpassed Alan Dzagoev to become the Russian national team’s youngest outfielder, at the age of 18 years, 3 months, and 6 days. Zakharyan also became the national team’s second-youngest player overall, after only goalie Igor Akinfeev. Sergei Pinyayev broke both his and Akinfeev’s records in 2022.