The transfer market is beginning to heat up for Zenit, who has not made an impact signing so far this winter, despite many needs.
Rivals Dynamo Moscow and CSKA have already shelled out money to bolster their roster. Dynamo has added Andriy Voronin from Liverpool while CSKA has added Keisuke Honda, Seydou Doumbia, and Kirill Nababkin. The ball is now in Zenit's court to make some additions.
Ambitious new manager Luciano Spalletti has high expectations, but will be allowed to spend his fair share of roubles to fix any holes in the roster. Spalletti himself is scheduled to arrive in St. Petersburg later this week, before the team begins training camp.
On Jan. 20, the club leaves for Dubai for full camp, as it has for the past several years.
But for now, Spalletti's goal remains the same. Add a high-caliber striker, capable central defender for depth, and a new left back. How he goes about doing that is his business, and there really is no price limit on how much he can or cannot spend.
So, here are the latest rumors around the club as of Jan. 11, 2010.