The agent of Serbia and CSKA Moscow midfielder Milos Krasic, is doing his best to secure his client a big money move this summer, no doubt using the media to provoke a bidding war between Europe’s elite. Thus far, Krasic has been linked with English clubs Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea, whilst Dejan Joksimovic, the player’s agent, has also been careful to link the player with AC Milan, Internazionale and Real Madrid.
The 25-year-old, whose contract expires in December 2011, has caught the eye in this seasons Champions League with goals against Manchester United at Old Trafford, and a spectacular 30yard strike against Vfl Wolfsburg in Moscow. Krasic also scored 2 goals for Serbia in their bid to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, creating 3 assists in the 5-0 victory over Romania that sealed Serbia’s qualification ahead of France.
Krasic can play on either wing, although the player is predominantly right footed, and is noted for his power, pace and dribbling ability. Krasic has not always been a particularly prolific goal scorer from his wide position in attacking midfield, but in the 2009 Russian Premier League, the Serbia international scored 13 goals in all competitions. Further, whilst the Russian League ended in November 2009 (the 2010 Russian Premier League starts afresh this coming March), CSKA Moscow are still in the Champions League, and face Sevilla in the last 16. This will allow potential suitors to run the rule over the player once more in Europe’s elite competition before deciding whether to meet the player’s reported £18m valuation. A stumbling block will almost certainly be negotiations with CSKA, as Russian clubs are notoriously difficult to negotiate with.
Krasic’s agent Dejan Joksimovic also represents Standard Liege and Serbia forward Jovanovic, who has agreed a £12m move to Anfield on a 3-year deal. Reports suggested Benitez also attempted to negotiate Krasic’s move to Liverpool, but Joksimovic has denied that the player was discussed in the meeting, stating to the Daily Mail that:
‘I was in Liverpool to sort out a transfer, but not for Krasic, for Milan Jovanovic… Journalists decided that if Jovanovic was moving to Rafael Benitez’s team, then why not Krasic too? It’s an excellent theme for an article, and sure to be well-read! Krasic is not signing for Liverpool, and hasn’t even held talks with them. Everything is just rumour so far.’
Whilst Benitez may well like the idea of uniting Serbia teammates Jovanovic and Krasic, Joksimovic is doing his best to keep his clients options open. Aside from failing to rule out a move to Anfield, Joksimovic has alerted all interested parties of just how sort after Krasic is in an interview with Calciomercato.it. Despite the player formerly stating his admiration for the Premier League, Joksimovic suggests that Krasic would now prefer a move to Serie A or La Liga, although rumours that the player rejected a move to Manchester City, Joksimovic claims, are a fallacy:
“I can confirm that Milos would prefer moving to either Italy or Spain…We have not received any offers, although [Manchester City boss Roberto] Mancini holds the player in high esteem, as he followed him during his time at Inter… Milos won’t be going anywhere until June. And I guess that Inter and Milan are the only side in Italy who could compete with other top European sides for his signature next summer.”
Krasic is clearly keeping his options open, and given his previous comments regarding his desire to play in the Premier League, it would not be surprising if Joksimovic is using possible interest from Italy and Spain to cement interest from English money bags Manchester City or Chelsea. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Krasic lining up for an English Premier League side next season…