Dinamo Moscow boss Sandro Schwarz wants Arsen Zakharyan and Konstantin Tyukavin to ignore the reported interest from the Premier League’s big guns.
Zakharyan, 18, is regarded as one of Russia’s most exciting prospects. Scouts from all over Europe have been flocking to see the attacking midfielder. More than a dozen Bundesliga clubs have watched him – including Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Atalanta, Roma and Inter Milan have also made checks.
TEAMtalk revealed recently though, sources within Russia believe the Premier League interest could be the most significant with both Manchester City and Chelsea looking at him closely.
Zakharyan’s Dinamo team-mate Tyukavin is also interesting the two English clubs. The 19-year-old forward has, like Zakharyan, come through the Dimano system.
Liverpool have also been credited with a interest in the former, who made his debut for Dinamo in 2020. Just a year later he was playing for the Russian senior team.
Zakharyan has scored twice and grabbed six assists in 13 league games this season. He has now been capped four times by Russia.
He is though under contract until 2024 and Schwarz is hoping Zakharyan and Tyukavin stay put.
“It would be stupid of me as their coach to talk them down. I think they can have a great career,” he told Sport BILD, (via Sport Witness) when asked about City and Chelsea’s interest.
“The crucial thing is that they find the right time to take the next step in their development.
“First of all, I want them to play for Dinamo for a while. We don’t want to just develop players and fall by the wayside ourselves.”
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Zakharyan, in his breakthrough season last year, bagged three goals and five assists in 13 league appearances.
He is clearly a talent and earlier this month a Dinamo bord member was questioned about a reported £13m bid from Liverpool.
Sergey Stepashin played down the interest though.
Stepashin told KP Sport (via Sport Witness): “No, these are agent games. He is still a young man. He still has to grow and grow.