0507 GMT October 17, 2021
Zenit St. Petersburg’s Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun is reportedly on the verge of leaving the club after eight years in the Russian top-flight.
Mixed reports in recent days have suggested that either Serie A giants AS Roma or Bundesliga side Bayer 04 Leverkusen will be the next destination of the Iranian international.
Italian website Tuttomercatoweb said that the prolific striker has agreed on personal terms with Leverkusen and a move to the German club is pending an agreement with Zenit, who are believed to be asking €20 million for Azmoun.
Meanwhile, Russian sports website Championat reported AS Roma are still eager to sign Azmoun, having seen an initial €18m offer rejected by Zenit.
According to Championat, Roma are willing to offer one of Spanish winger Pedro, French midfielder Steven N’zonzi, or Swedish keeper Robin Olsen as part of the deal for Azmoun.
The reports come after Zenit had made it clear to Roma and and their new Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho that Azmoun would not be for sale this summer.
A Zenit’s tweet read, “Mourinho, ignore him,” after Azmoun had scored the opening goal of the new Russian Premier League campaign for the defending champions on Saturday in a 3-1 away victory over Khimki.
However, with Azmoun’s contract running until summer of 2022, Zenit can’t afford to let their valuable player leave on free transfer.
Having joined Zenit in February 2019, Azmoun has scored 54 goals, coupled with 19 assists, in 85 appearances for the Russian giant.
He has also found the net on 37 occasions in 55 international caps.