Arsen Zakharyan has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in his native country
Russian midfielder Arsen Zakharyan will not transfer to Premier League giants Chelsea in the current transfer window, his club Dynamo Moscow has confirmed.
Zakharyan emerged as one of Chelsea’s transfer targets last week, with the 19-year-old widely regarded as one of the hottest prospects in world football.
The youngster’s agent said a deal was “very close,” although reports this week indicated there were issues with the potential transfer fee of 15 million euros ($14.9 million) for the player amid widespread UK sanctions over the Russian economy.
Dynamo have now confirmed they have received an offer from the London club and that important talks have taken place, but without a breakthrough.
“On August 25, FC Dynamo received an offer from Chelsea for the transfer of midfielder Arsen Zakharyan”, read a message on the Dynamo website.
“The interest of one of the strongest clubs in the world in a graduate of our club academy is a high appreciation of the quality of the training of young football players at Dynamo and the game progression of Arsen.
“For several days there were substantive negotiations between Dynamo and Chelsea, in which our club took a constructive position.
“However, due to a number of technical reasons beyond our control, it was not possible to transfer the player during this summer transfer window.
“Nevertheless, our club remains open to proposals that will suit Dynamo and the player.
“At the moment the parties have decided that Arsen will continue to play for Dynamo,” he added.
Russian outlet Championat reported that Chelsea and Dynamo have a “verbal” agreement in place regarding the transfer, although it is unclear if and when the funds would be transferred.
The European transfer window reopens on January 1, 2023 and remains open for the rest of this month.
Attacking midfielder Zakharyan is his country’s youngest senior international. He made his debut for Russia aged 18 last September.
He was capped four times by the national team, made over 50 appearances for Dynamo, scored 13 times and provided 16 assists.
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