Arsenal will have to fight off interest from CSKA Moscow and Zenit Saint-Petersburg if they are to complete a January move for Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder Odil Ahmedov, according to reports from Izvestia.
The Gunners have been linked with the Uzbekistan international throughout the past few summers, with Arsene Wenger believed to have had scouts watching his progress closely.
But, the Londoners may now face a battle for his services with Zenit and CSKA ready to pounce.
Anzhi are currently gripped by financial uncertainty, which contributed to the sales of Willian and Samuel Eto’o – both of whom joined Chelsea.
Ahmedov was one of a few big players to have remained at the club, but is expected to be allowed to leave for a respectable offer once the transfer window re-opens.
The rugged midfielder has earned quite a reputation in Russia, which has left him far from being short of potential suitors.
Ahmedov confirmed over the summer that Arsenal were monitoring his progress:
“It is true I have interest from Arsenal – their scouts have watched me in every match this season,
“If I move there, I could be a huge success but there is no bid yet.”
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