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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak Moves for Amelia

An official from Spartak Moscow confirmed Thursday that the football club had made an offer for Italian World Cup winning goalkeeper Marco Amelia.

The bid is believed to be 10 million euros ($13 million) for the player, who plays for Italian Serie A club Livorno and was Italy's third-choice goalkeeper in last year's World Cup winning squad.

Amelia, 24, will be offered a four-year, 3 million euro ($3.9 million) per season deal, Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported. He would be the first World Cup winner to play in Russia.

Amelia revealed in mid-January that he had received an offer from Spartak, saying he was interested in the possibility of playing in the Champions League. He is one of Italy's most highly rated young goalkeepers and has attracted interest from a host of big clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Spartak, however, is the only club to date to have offered a sum that approaches Livorno's asking price.

The Italian team's chairman is skeptical about the move: "Too much money could disrupt Amelia's game," said Livorno club president Aldo Spinelli, Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported. "He's an excellent goalkeeper, but the amount of money offered by [Spartak] could make him lose his concentration, which would have an adverse effect on his game."