We may only be a week into the Euro 2012, but an early star has already emerged. Alan Dzagoev’s three goals through the first two games leads the tournament and has kept Russia in the hunt as favorites to advance out of Group A.
It has also made Dzagoev the latest talking point of much transfer speculation, including from European Champions Chelsea FC.
Though most of the rumors revolve around Arsenal being in hot pursuit of the CSKA Moscow midfielder as a replacement for their own Russian Andrei Arshavin, who looks set to leave Emirates this summer, Chelsea have found themselves linked to the star as well.
Much of the Blues' involvement in a possible deal seems to exist on the notion of Dzagoev himself stating his fandom for the club. Back in 2008, he was a highly regarded prospect sought after by Real Madrid.
However, he turned down rumors that he would be heading to Spain and instead expressed interest in a move to Stamford Bridge stating, "Basically I like Chelsea more. I have supported the team for four years already."
These kind of foundations for building rumors is what the media loves to prey on, but with every goal Dzagoev scores this summer, the price tag continues to rise and the idea of a transfer retains less of the romantic hopes of playing for a team he supports and more has to do with the business side of payment.
At only 21 years old, Dzagoev is yet to realize his full potential and would be the ideal kind of player Chelsea is looking for in attempting to bring youth into the squad. With the signing of Eden Hazard earlier this summer and the departure of Didier Drogba, the transition that was supposed to occur last season is looking all the more probable this time around.
Where will Dzagoev end up next season?
Dzagoev is also the kind of player they are looking for, as he is a dynamic, goalscoring midfielder. He is as comfortable on the ball as he is making late runs into the box, a hallmark of the English game where forwards are asked to hold-up play for goal-bound midfielders as much as they are asked to score on their own.
He is currently playing on the right wing for Russia, the one position the Blues' attack is really lacking. They have been trying to improve the spot, mostly through the pursuit of Porto winger Hulk. However, the already ludicrous price tag of £38 million could become even more inflated, as Hulk’s agent has admitted that other clubs are interested in the Brazilian’s services.
Though Dzagoev will not come at a cheap price, there is very little chance he would ever command the type of fee that Hulk will. There is even the added benefit of having Roman Abramovich as the owner. Being a Russian himself and having done so much for the league and national team already, he may be able to work out a deal that would have Dzagoev and CSKA choosing a deal from Chelsea over other offers.
A front attacking four of Dzagoev, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard is as formidable as any in the world not only now, but for years to come. With the three midfielders all in their early twenties, the Blues have a real chance to build something that can ensure silverware for the next decade.
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