A number of top Premier League clubs have been put on alert to the services of Russia star Igor Denisov amidst talk of a rift in the Zenit St. Petersburg camp.
The 28-year-old is unhappy following the big-money arrivals of striker Hulk and midfielder Axel Witsel, according to talkSPORT, with Denisov unable to get parity with the club’s newest stars in the wage stakes.
With that in mind, GiveMeFootball decided to take a closer look at the 32-cap international.
1) Denisov has spent his entire career at Zenit, with the defensive midfielder making his first senior league appearance in 2002.
2) In the past decade, Denisov has won three domestic titles, one Russian Cup and one UEFA Cup.
3) Denisov has earned a reputation as a bad-boy in Russia. He was originally left out of the national team squad for Euro 2008 by manager Guus Hiddink, and then refused to play after being called-up.
4) The player's current plight stems from a decision to issue an ultimatum to his club before a recent match against Krylya Sovetov, with Denisov demanding a review of his contract following the arrival of Hulk and Axel Witsel. It's led to him training with the reserves.
It's clear that this Russian is an extremelly talented player, but his previous record suggests he might be a big risk for any of the Premier League's top clubs.