Reports have been accumulating in the British press that Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are weighing up a January move for CSKA Moscowâ€™s Milos Krasic.
The 25 year old right sided midfielder has been at CSKA Moscow since 2004. This season he has scored 10 goals in 28 appearances for the Armeytsy.
Prior to joining one of the â€œbigâ€ Russian clubs he began his professional career at Vojvodina, where his prodigious talent, workrate and leadership skills led to his appointment as club captain.
His move to CSKA has proven to be fruitful and seen him win an incredible amount of silverware. During his 5 seasons at the club he has won the UEFA Cup, the Russian Premier League twice, the Russian Cup three times and the Russian Super Cup twice. Not a bad haul for a young man.
Krasic has been described as a â€œhuge talentâ€ by his coach. He is versatile and possesses the necessary ability to play across the midfield, although his favoured position is on the right hand flank.
The right footed midfielder possesses the requisite pace coupled with wonderful technique, enabling him to spin away from defenders or draw a foul. Another of his attributes is his strength. He has dealt with the Russian Premier Leagueâ€™s hard-men well and has learnt how to take a challenge, which is not bad grounding for the Premier League. Furthermore, in the recent Champions League fixture he scored against Manchester United, bringing further attention to his unique ability.
The weakest part of his game is his heading, which is surprising as the player stands at 6ft.
All of last summer Krasic was linked with a move to AC Milan and La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that a â‚¬15 million deal had been struck. The player has denied this and stated:
“It’s normal that the top teams send scouts around the world. Milan were interested, but I have not signed anything. There were no offers.”
However, his contract on the club expires next season and he publicly stated that he is looking to move as he went on to say:
“I have been here for five years and I would like to try something new. Should an offer from a big club arrive, CSKA will let me leave.”
Arsenal with their glut of midfielders and emerging talent is an unlikely destination for the Russian. With money tight at Liverpool Benitez may have to sell before he can buy, but he may feel that with Benayoun, Kyut and Krasic he will have 3 players who can play on either flank effectively.
Mark Hughes has confirmed that he would like to have 2 quality players in every position. Competition at City is fierce for the berth on the right hand side of midfield and with the exciting VladimÃr Weiss coming through the ranks, Hughes will not want to stunt his growth. If Krasic does come to England the more logical choice would be Liverpool.
Video evidence of Milos Krasic can be seen here.