Gritty French defender could be on his way out of Zenit just a few months after joining them, as English club Bolton have reportedly had a bid for the player accepted.
The hard hitting 26 year old joined Zenit from AS Nancy in a surprise move last Summer, yet has found the Russian league difficult and has struggled for match fitness. The Super Cup winner has already voiced his disappointment at not attracting the national team coaches eye whilst playing in Russia and could see a move to England as the only way to one day find himself in a France national team shirt. Indeed, with the player soon to turn 27 time is running out if he ever wants to become a first team regular for France.
The player was seen at Boltons training ground yesterday and has also been seen at Nancy’s ground, fuelling reports that his old side could also be in the race for the defender. The French club have slipped down the league ever since Puygrenier left and would no doubt love to have him back in their team.
Puygrenier’s agent has told various websites that the Frenchman is likely to leave Zenit, but has not said if a definite deal has been struck.
Manuello told journalists: “At the moment I can’t say much, but I can tell you that right now I’m speaking with Bolton.
“We are talking about Puygrenier, the player could soon join but nothing is 100%. It is too early to say anything definite.”
Zenit would likely want around 5 million euros for the defender, a 1 million euro loss on what they paid just a few months ago.
In other news nothing more has been said about Arshavin’s proposed transfer to Arsenal, and midfielder Lee-Ho has been linked with a loan move to his old club: Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i.