The Turkish Fenerbahce has agreed with the Russian Zenit on the possible transfer of Attila Szalai. The first news was about 20 million euros, but 21 million euros would have been the defender’s final selling price. Despite the clubs’ agreement, Szalai was able to stay at Fener, and the Hungarian national team player refused Zenit’s offer, it was reported by Nemzeti Sport.
The sports paper adds that Szalai’s decision is not surprising given the sanctions that have hit Russia and Russian sports. Signing a contract with St. Petersburg does not seem like an ideal solution, even for Gazprom’s club, which has achieved record revenues. It is known that UEFA took away the right to host the WC final from Zenit’s home, the Gazprom Arena, and terminated the contract with one of the main sponsors of the WC, Gazprom.
Zenit reportedly offered the defender a four-year contract with an annual salary of 2.5 million euros. However, Attila Szalai does not want to change at all costs, even if his current salary does not reach five hundred thousand euros per year, but he does not have money in mind, but the opportunity for further development, so he wants to stay at Fener, with which he still has a three-year contract. The new head coach, Jorge Jesus, is also counting on him, he was able to play in eight games in the last month.
According to the article of Nemzeti Sport, in addition to Zenit, negotiations were also held with Western European clubs, Wolfsburg, Bologna and West Ham also made offers, but the Turkish club did not accept them.
Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.
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