Anzhi named most expensive soccer club in Russia

The Anzhi Makhachkala squad is valued at approximately €205.2 million ($266.1 million), which is almost €15 million more than St. Petersburg’s Zenit team, according to transfermarkt.de.

In the last two months, the Anzhi Makhachkala club has risen in value by almost €50 million. This is not surprising, given the players that the country’s number three club bought this summer, following the end of last season. 

The transfers of the Russian national team captain Igor Denisov from Zenit St. Petersburg for €15 million, the talented forward Alexander Kokorin from Dynamo Moscow for €19 million, Christopher Samba from English club QPR for €15 million, and the promising midfielder Alexei Ionov from Kuban Krasnodar for €5 million show how Anzhi has beefed up the squad before the start of the new season.

The second most expensive team is Zenit St. Petersburg, whose squad has fallen in value by €22 million—largely because of the departure of Denisov. Third is CSKA Moscow, at €187.4 million ($246.2 million). So far, the red and blues have signed Swiss player Stephen Zuber and Bulgaria’s Georgi Milanov. 

Another top Russian club—Spartak Moscow—lies in fourth place, at €127.2 million ($167.1 million). 

First published in Russian in Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

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