Brazilian set for Russian switch.
Premier League clubs are set to miss out on Leandro Damiao as Russian side Zenit St Petersburg have made a move for the Brazilian striker according to the Express.
Brazilian news outlets claim the forward is subject to a £21.5million bid from Zenit, which Porto Alegre are considering. It is also thought Premier League sides, Tottenham, Southampton and Liverpool, are monitoring the situation as they all eye a move for the 24 year-old.
According to Brazilian source Lancenet, Zenit are to offer Damiao a £3.8million salary is he signs for them – double what Italian giants Napoli had reportedly offered the striker.
Last week, Porto Alegre’s club president, Cesar Souto de Moura, told reporters that Damiao would not be sold until next year.
“We are confident and we understand that he can wait another year, play the World Cup, increase his value with the national team and then be transferred and have other opportunities,” Moura claimed.
But it appears Zenit’s offer was good enough to force a change of heart from the club’s president, as it appears Leandro will move to Russia this summer and not after the 2014 World Cup. One can only assume they were hoping Leandro would have a successful competition boosting the price tag for the Brazil international.
Porto’s number nine managed 24 goals last campaign, in just 43 games – all competitions. Although the striker is yet to prove himself in Europe, a huge variety of scouts believe he is good enough to play in the Champions League for the best.