ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Zenit St. Petersburg has signed Russia teammates Alexander Erokhin and Dmitry Poloz as it seeks to rebuild its squad under coach Roberto Mancini.
The double swoop comes after both played in all three of Russia’s games at the Confederations Cup. They had played for FC Rostov this season in its debut Champions League campaign and arrive as free agents after their contracts expired.
Zenit has repeatedly raided cash-strapped Rostov for talent, signing defender Denis Terentyev and Ecuador midfielder Christian Noboa from the southern Russian club earlier this month.
Zenit has been reforming its squad and management structure after finishing third in the Russian league this season, meaning the Gazprom-owned club missed out on the Champions League for the second year in a row.
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