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By FRANCO PANIZO
The transfer window may be closed throughout most of Europe but one country in which it is still open is Russia, and one club there is trying to take advantage of that by luring Manchester United winger Nani.
Zenit St. Petersburg have reportedly been in negotiations over Nani with Manchester United on Thursday, hoping to finalize a deal before the Russian deadline day comes to a close. The Portuguese international has had a slow start to the Premiership campaign and the arrival of Shinji Kagawa at Old Trafford may make minutes tough to come by for Nani.
Zenit St. Petersburg has enjoyed a good summer in terms of signings. They recently acquired Brazilian forward Hulk as well as Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel. The combined amount spent on those two players was $101 million.
Here are more stories from Thursday:
ZENIT SENDS STARIKOV ON LOAN TO FC ROSTOV
American striker Eugene Starikov's exile from Zenit St. Petersburg has come to a close. At least for now.
Starikov was loaned by Zenit to fellow first division Russian club FC Rostov on the final day of the Russian transfer window. The loan is for the entire 2012-2013 season and should give the 23-year-old American a chance to get some playing time. Starikov had not dressed in any of Zenit's games this season.
FIORENTINA WANTS RETURN ON MONEY AFTER FAILED BERBATOV BID
Fiorentina are still upset over losing in the race to acquire Dimitar Berbatov, so much so that they want his agent to repay them for the traveling costs they spent in trying to acquire the striker. The Serie A side paid for Berbatov and his agent to fly in to Italy on transfer deadline day, but the duo never did as the Bulgarian striker transferred to Fulham from Manchester United instead. That has left Fiorentina wanting the money they spent on the airfare back, and they insist they will pursue making that happen.
ARSHAVIN SNUBS MOVE TO DINAMO MOSCOW
Andrey Arshavin may be in a season-long fight for minutes at Arsenal, but it appears he prefers that than being a regular starter with Dinamo Moscow. Arshavin reportedly turned down a move to Dinamo Moscow on the Russian transfer deadline day even in spite of the fact that Arsenal was the one to make initial contact about the potential deal. Arshavin lost his starting spot with the Gunners last year, and he was subsequently loaned to Zenit St Petersburg.
What do you think of Nani possibly joining Zenit? Expecting Starikov to make an impact with Rostov? Does Fiorentina have an argument?
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