Zenit sign ‘Iranian Messi’ Azmoun, Colombia’s Barrios
Zenit St Petersburg have signed Iran striker Sardar Azmoun from Rubin Kazan and Colombia midfielder Wilmar Barrios from Boca Juniors, the Russian league leaders said on their website.
The financial details were not disclosed but media reports said Azmoun, who has signed a 3-1/2 year deal, cost 12 million euros ($13.74 million). Barrios joined for 4-1/2 years.
The two players were brought in shortly after Zenit sold Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes to Paris Saint-Germain for a reported 45 million euros ($51.5 million).
Zenit are top of the Russian league by one point ahead of FC Krasnodar after 17 games. Azmoun and Barrios could make their competitive debuts against Fenerbahce in the Europa League last 32 first-leg clash in Turkey on Feb. 12.
REUTERS/Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Ken Ferris