Chelsea and Manchester City are set for a battle for the ‘Russian Ronaldinho’ Yuri Zhirkov according to reports in Russia. Zhirkov, 25-years-old, is one of Europe’s top left sided players after starring for Russia at Euro 2008.
According to the reports Chelsea have the edge in signing the Russian due to the close relationship Guus Hiddink holds with the CSKA Moscow star. However, with the uncertainty surrounding the future of the Chelsea job, City could lure the winger with a large financial package.
However the winger has also recently been surrounded by speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.