Anzhi exodus begins as star trio joins Dinamo

The capital club have taken advantage of the summer sale in Dagestan by signing Igor Denisov, Yuri Zhirkov and Aleksandr Kokorin, with the players set to be presented on Friday
Dinamo Moscow have wasted little time in capitalising on the clearout at Anzhi Makhachkala by snapping up Igor Denisov, Yuri Zhirkov and Aleksandr Kokorin.

The capital outfit did not disclose any details, either in terms of the size of the transfer fees or the length of the contracts involved, but vice president Gennady Solovyov did confirm that the Russia trio would be presented to the media on Friday.

"You will be able to see Kokorin, Denisov and Zhirkov at the Dinamo training ground as early as (Friday)," Solovyov told Izvestia daily. "The new players will be presented there."

Although midfielder Oleg Shatov's move to Zenit was announced on Wednesday, Denisov, Zhirkov and Kokorin are the first high-profile players to leave Anzhi following last week's announcement by club owner Suleiman Kerimov of the implementation of immediate and severe cost-cutting measures.

The billionaire had pumped €200 million into his hometown club since taking charge in January 2011 but is now overseeing one of the biggest firesales in football history.

Indeed, speculation remains rife that football's highest-paid player, three-time Champions League winner Samuel Eto'o, and Brazil international Willian will also be sold before the close of the transfer market.