MOSCOW, February 16 (RIA Novosti)
Zenit St. Petersburg and Serie A giants Juventus have agreed in principle on the six-month loan of Milos Krasic to the Russian club, a Zenit official told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
Zenit view the 27-year-old Serbian as a direct replacement for Portuguese midfielder Miguel Danny, who is out until October with a ruptured cruciate ligament.
The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, saying a club announcement was imminent. He said the agreement gave Zenit the option to buy Krasic at the end of the loan period.
Krasic played in Russia for seven years with CSKA Moscow until joining Juventus for 15 million euros in 2010. He won two championships and a Russian Cup with CSKA.
After scoring six goals in 33 matches in his debut season with Juventus, Krasic has fallen out of favor this term, making only six appearances.
Zenit, who beat Benfica 3-2 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday, lead the Russian Premier League by six points from CSKA.
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