It seems like Russian football is trying to rival the Premier League, its financial power and appeal.
The similarities are that both nations play within less than desirable climates, with long cold winters.
A few of the clubs in both nations are willing to pay stupid wages and it seems our Russian friends are prepared to pay silly transfer fees too in order to secure new signings.
What is lacks is the history of the English clubs in European competitions.
Where I question the Russian clubs strategy is that they are signing what I would call second grade players that top clubs who chase Champions League and domestic league titles on an equal footing, are not willing to stump up the cash for.
This is not to say that they are not good enough but they don’t represent value for the elite clubs in Europe.
The second tier of European leagues the like the French, Portuguese and Dutch leagues are set on massively overcharging for their best players.
The Russian league is rising to this bait and paying these prices for players that the best teams didn’t feel they absolutely had to have.
What it does is makes it hard for these new Russian signings to move on to the elite clubs should they prove to be hot property.
An example of this could be Falcao who signed for Madrid for 40 million euros, he has showed his quality for the Spanish side but because of the fee Madrid paid, they will want that fee and a fee on top.
I believe this will be the same for Zenit St Petersburg’s 64 million pound pairing of Witsel 23, and Hulk 26, who may have priced themselves out of moves to better clubs.