Yuri Zhirkov to join Zenit St Petersburg in the summer

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Former Chelsea defender Yuri Zhirkov has agreed to join Zenit Saint-Petersburg after his deal with current club Dynamo Moscow expires in July, according to USA Today.

The Russian wing-back will move on as a free agent during the summer unless the two clubs agree to complete the deal earlier depending on whether compensation is paid to Dynamo Moscow.

Zhirkov is one of many top stars the capital-based club has lost recently following its disqualification from European competition due to infringing UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.


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Formerly backed by the Russian millionaire Boris Rotenberg Sr., Dynamo Moscow had made a habit of paying exorbitant transfer fees and wages to bring in new talent.

Between the 2013-14 and 104-15 campaigns, the club spent over £60 million on signings including Aleksandar Kokorin, Igor Denisov and Christopher Samba.

Dynamo has sought to recoup some of its massive financial losses by selling off a host of key players including Balazs Dzsudzsak, Mathieu Valbuena and William Vainqueur in addition to the ex-Chelsea man.

Failing to make an impression under coach Leonid Slutsky, Zhirkov leaves sixth-placed Dynamo having made just two of six possible appearances since the new manager took charge in August.

The 32-year-old, who signed for Chelsea as part of an £18.6 million deal in May 2009, was part of the Blues squad that won the Premier League and FA Cup double in the 2009-10 season.

The Russia international will be hoping his new club will offer him a chance to earn a place in his country's final squad for the European Championships in France next year - providing both parties can arrange a deal for him to move this month.

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