Thursday July 26 2012
Genoa’s Merkel on Zenit radar

Another day and another Serie A player is linked with Zenit St Petersburg – this time it is Genoa’s Alexander Merkel.

Zenit have been paired with Juventus’ Fabio Quagliarella and Genoa striker Alberto Gilardino over the last week.

Now stories this morning are alleging that the Russian club, bossed by Italian tactician Luciano Spalletti, want the German.

The 20-year-old has been signed outright from Milan this summer after spending last season at firstly the port club and then the Diavolo.

It is being claimed that Zenit may be prepared to offer as much as €20m for the promising midfielder.

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