The Spartak striker traveled to Belarus, Sochi is a World Cup semi-finalist. Transfers of the week at RPL
Kirill Zakatchenko February 12, 2024, 18:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
And the most expensive deal was carried out by Baltika.
There is less and less time left until the transfer window closes in the RPL (February 22). Last week the clubs made several interesting transactions. Sochi and Baltika were more active than others.
Alexey Sutormin: Zenit → Sochi (loan)
Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, “Championship”
This is not the first player from Sochi that the club rents to Zenit this winter. Previously, defender Dmitry Chistyakov followed a similar path, now Sutormina suffered the same fate. The contract does not provide for a purchase option. Alexey’s agent told Championship that the new team features Sutormin as a leader and main player. This season, Alexey played only 140 minutes in the RPL. In such a situation, a move to another club is quite justified. Furthermore, in the last eight rounds, Sutormin was on the bench seven times, and his total playing time in this period is only eight minutes.
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Pavel Meleshin: Spartak → Dinamo Minsk (loan)
This season, the Spartak graduate almost did not play for the team in the RPL. He has only three games and spent a total of 81 minutes on the field. Now the 19-year-old footballer will try his luck in Belarus, where he signed for Dynamo Minsk. The lease contract lasts up to one year, but Spartak has the opportunity to return the player ahead of schedule, namely in the summer. Last year, Spartak player Daniil Zorin showed himself well in the Minsk club, he returned to Spartak and should remain in the team in the spring. Now Meleshin has that opportunity.
Joel Fameye: Rubin → Baltika (on loan)
Photo: FC Báltika
Baltika continues to strengthen its squad for the second part of the championship. Fameye is the second Rubin player rented by the Kaliningrad club until the end of this season. Previously, Vitaly Lisakovich followed a similar path. Fameye has been playing in Russia since 2019. He first played in Orenburg and then moved to Rubin. This season, the 26-year-old striker played 20 games in all competitions, scoring three goals and providing one assist. It is logical that Baltika is strengthening its attack, since the team scored only 12 goals (the worst result in the league).
Kirill Kaplenko: Orenburg → Baltika (1.6 million euros)
Kirill Kaplenko (in white uniform)
Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, “Championship”
Kaplenko is Baltika’s most expensive acquisition in the winter market. The Belarusian footballer signed a contract for 4.5 years and the Kaliningrad team activated the termination option in the player’s contract. Kaplenko ended up in Russia in 2015, when he moved to the Krasnodar academy. He then went through the Zenit Academy, the blue and white second team and Orenburg. He played 35 games in the RPL, scoring two goals and giving three assists. In autumn 2022 he debuted with the Belarusian national team and has already played seven games for it.
Nader Gundry: Ajman → Akhmat (free agent)
The Grozny club acquired another foreign defender. Previously, the Brazilian Lucas Lovat joined the team, and now the footballer with experience in the Tunisian national team (10 matches) moved to Akhmat. Gundry’s resume includes a trip to the 2022 World Cup, where he played 90 minutes in the 1-0 group stage victory over France. It is true that the tall footballer (197 cm) has not played for the national team since March 2023. The 28-year-old defender has experience playing in Belgium (Westerlo, Antwerp) and Bulgaria (Slavia Sofia). Since the summer of 2023 he has been playing for Club Ajman in the United Arab Emirates.
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Sergio Córdova: Alanyaspor → Sochi (loan)
The Black Sea Club announced the transfer of another striker. Córdova previously played in Venezuela, Germany, the United States and Türkiye. In the first half of this season, the 26-year-old footballer played 21 games for Alanyaspor, scoring three goals and giving two assists. Sochi rented the forward until the end of this season with the right to subsequent purchase. The Venezuelan footballer has experience playing in the Bundesliga (98 games, nine goals). Sochi has seriously changed its offensive line, because previously the club had terminated the contracts of Ivan Ignatiev, Georgiy Melkadze and Luka Djordjevic. Instead, the southerners took two Venezuelans: Córdoba and Saúl Guarirapa.
Yahya Attiyat Allah: “Widad” → “Morocco” (500 thousand €)
Yahya Attiyat Allah
There is one more African in the RPL. In the previous summary we wrote about two Africans who joined the Rostov team. And last week Sochi bought the defender from the Moroccan team. Attiyat-Allah has experience playing in Europe, although quite modest. In the summer of 2019 he left for the Greek Volos, where he was on loan for six months (10 games, one goal). The rest of the defender’s career was spent in his homeland, where he played for Safi and Wydad. Yahya made his debut for the Moroccan national team in the spring of 2022 and has since played 18 games for it. He went to the World Cup in Qatar (six games) and played two games in the last African Cup.
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Maxim Rudakov: Rostov → Sochi (free agent)
At the end of 2023, clubs from Cyprus and Greece showed interest in the goalkeeper, according to Championship sources. Swede Kalmar also considered the option of acquiring a goalkeeper, but rejected it due to the political situation. As a result, Rudakov left for the worst club in the RPL. Maxim has extensive and successful experience playing in Finland. Together with HJK he became national champion and with Honka he won the Finnish League Cup. It’s funny, but Rudakov barely played in the RPL: he only played one match for Rostov in the spring of 2021.