A Spartak Moscow official has spoken out amid reports that his club have ‘reignited’ £10m transfer interest in Rangers star Glen Kamara [Championat].
In June, Zarema Salikhova, the wife of Spartak owner Leonid Fedun, claimed that the Russian giants almost snapped up the Gers star in a multi-million-pound transfer last summer [Soccer.ru].
There had been no reports at the time regarding the alleged interest, but Salikhova suggested that the Finland international had been ‘ready to move’ before negotiations broke down.
In recent days, speculation has picked up again, with the Scottish Sun citing reports in Russia and asserting that Spartak’s interest in a £10m swoop has been ‘reignited’.
However, it looks as though there’s little truth to the reports.
That’s because Spartak’s press officer, Dmitry Zelenov, has distanced his club the former Arsenal starlet.
“Spartak is not interested in Glen Kamara and, moreover, does not negotiate with him or his representatives,” he’s quoted as saying [translated] [Championat].
Spartak Moscow deny Kamara interest
Kamara was a key player for the Gers last season, particularly in Europe, with his absence due to suspension keenly felt in the recent Champions League qualifying defeat to Malmö.
Rangers fans won’t want to lose him before the end of the window but now that the CL dream is over for this season, if a sale is required, it would perhaps be less damaging for the club’s domestic ambitions if they lost him compared to a Ryan Kent or an Alfredo Morelos.
The Gers would likely be looking for an eight-figure fee but some supporters feel that even something in the region of £10m wouldn’t be enough, despite the fact that the club only paid £50k to sign him from Dundee in January 2019.
Kamara’s next move will surely be to a top-five European league rather than the Russian top flight. Yet, it seems that despite reported English Premier League interest [Daily Mail], a formal bid is yet to land.
In other transfer news, a Rangers insider has provided an update after a report claimed three bids for Ianis Hagi had been rejected.