Alan Dzagoev
Manchester United and Arsenal target Alan Dzagoev has expressed a desire to play in the Premier League.

CSKA Moscow forward Alan Dzagoev has urged Manchester United and Arsenal to make their alleged interest official with a formal offer in the summer.

Dzagoev, 21, impressed during this season's Champions League and he has been repeatedly touted as one of Russian football's most exciting prospects.

Labelled "the most talented young footballer in Russia," by Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin, Dzagoev told talkSPORT he has rejected the chance to join a Serie A club and would prefer a move to England or Spain.

Chelsea were linked with a move for the Russia international last summer but a dip in form put off Blues' owner Roman Abramovich from making an official approach.

However, both Arsenal and Manchester United have kept tabs on the player this season, with Gunners' chief executive Ivan Gazidis reported to have held talks in the autumn.

And Dzagoev has admitted he would relish a chance to play in the Premier League, should the opportunity arise.

"I want to move forward as a player. I have heard many rumours about my future but they are not true," he is quoted on talkSPORT.

"If I ever have to choose another club, I would prefer a move to Spain or England - the two biggest leagues in the world."

Dzagoev has already made almost 100 appearances for CSKA Moscow since joining from Krylia Sovetov-SOK in 2008, scoring 25 goals in the process.

The midfielder made his international debut at just 18 years and 116 days old, leading then Russia manager Guus Hiddink to remark: "He's gelled into the team very well... Alan is a really clever player with the ability to make a killer pass and stretch the play."