Euro 2016 may be a tournament which most Russian players would rather forget, but one bright spark in their disappointing campaign was experienced midfielder Denis Glushakov. And it’s believed that Burnley boss Sean Dyche has been eyeing up the 29-year-old.
The tough-tackling central midfielder was one of the most consistent performers last season for club side Spartak Moscow – with a superb work ethic and an ability to find the net making him a real fans’ favourite at the Otkrytiye Arena.
He was also a crucial part of Russia’s success in reaching the Euros this summer, featuring in seven of their qualifying games, while he scored one of only two goals for the Golden Eagles in France, with a trademark bullet header.
With Transfermarkt.co.uk estimating the player’s value at £4.25m, Burnley certainly wouldn’t have to break the bank to acquire the former Lokomotiv Moscow man – and there’s little doubt that the imposing midfielder would have any difficulty adapting to the Premier League’s physicality.
And while the Clarets have some workmanlike options in the centre of the park, namely David Jones and Dean Marney, the acquisition of Glushakov – if it happens – would certainly up their quality in midfield, and very likely provide the Turf Moor outfit with a few crucial goals as they seek to avoid the drop next season.
Burnley are 5/6 to be relegated as it stands, but if they can bring in the likes of this top-quality Russian, then the odds could quickly flip to see them tipped to stay up.
Meanwhile, optimistic Clarets fans can back their side to make the top four at 100/1 – and if they perform in the transfer market this summer, that could prove to be an inspired selection.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.