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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 26, 2008

Zenit splash out 30 million euros on Danny

Zenit St Petersburg have confirmed the capture of Portugal international Danny from Dinamo Moscow for a reported fee of 30 million euros.

The fee would be a new Russian record, surpassing the 16 million euros forked out by Dinamo for the signature of Maniche from Porto in 2005.

'After successful conclusion of negotiations with FC Dinamo Moscow, FC Zenit signed midfielder Daniel Miguel Alves Gomes, better known to the public as Danny,' read a statement on club website www.fc-zenit.ru.

The 25-year-old Venezuela-born midfielder moved to the Russian capital from Sporting Lisbon three years ago, and was awarded his first Portugal cap in last week's 5-0 friendly win over Faroe Islands.

Zenit coach Dick Advocaat is delighted to have finally got his man.

'We've been interested in Danny for a while now,' said the Dutchman.

'I consider him the best midfielder in the Premier Liga and he can become a very useful member of our team. I see Danny as an attacking midfielder or winger.'

Danny's arrival in St Petersburg will no doubt increase speculation Andrei Arshavin is on his way out, with the Russia playmaker having been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham this summer.

But Advocaat remains hopeful the 27-year-old will stay with the 2008 UEFA Cup winners.

When asked if the acquisition of the Portuguese would see Arshavin depart, Advocaat replied: 'No, because Andrei is still with Zenit and I am still not sure if he is leaving.'

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