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Anzhi Makhachkala defensive midfielder Odil Ahmedov has confirmed to Russian newspaper Izvestia that he has been watched by Arsenal scouts this season and suggested that could be a huge succes at the club. While happy at Anzhi, he can see himself moving to England, Spain or Italy, with Juventus and Genoa also apparently monitoring the 25-year-old very closely.
“It is true that I have had interest from London club Arsenal. I am being watched by their scouts, who are watching over my every game. If I move there, I could be a huge success but there is no bid yet.
“Of course, I am very happy to play at Anzhi. This is a club with a great future, but I’d like to try in England or Spain. All these countries have great teams, but having the choice to play for Arsenal would be a dream.”
Arsenal appear to have been monitoring Ahmedov’s progress for a few years, having been linked with him on and off in the British and Russian press since 2011. He is valued at somewhere in the region of €4-6 million, which makes me think that this is exactly the sort of transfer that Arsene Wenger would love to make this summer. Unfortunately, I just don’t see us spending the huge amounts of money that everybody has been talking about in recent weeks.
Ahmedov has made more than 70 appearances since joining Anzhi two years ago from Pakhtakor FK of the Uzbek league and has 50 caps and 7 goals for the Uzbekistan national team, so there is definitely some experience there. Having earned a bit of a reputation as a tough-tackler and a player with a rocket shot, he is probably best known to our readers for scoring one of the best goals of the 2011 Asian Cup, which you can watch below:
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