December 4, 2022

Johann van Graan has already been well back in the transfer market by club owner Bruce Craig
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Bath Rugby have lined up Scotland and British and Irish Lions fly-half Finn Russell as their next fly-half according to the latest reports in a simply sensational transfer move.
The Daily Mail report Russell, 30, is set to switch Paris and French Top 14 giants Racing 92, who he has played for since 2018, for the Premiership and The Recreation Ground next season.
The publication reports 'the deal is yet to be concluded but talks are at an ‘advanced stage’ and that it is ‘very likely’ that Russell will join Bath as their marquee player.'
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After a largely underwhelming 18 months of recruitment, Bath's new head of rugby Johann van Graan has come out swinging in recent months after snapping up three of the top players to become available when Worcester Warriors and Wasps fell into administration and made all their players redundant. England internationals Ollie Lawrence and Ted Hill joined the club from Worcester and have been nothing short of sensational since swapping Sixways for the Rec, being in the hunt for man of the match in every game they have played in so far.
And on Sunday the club confirmed the signing of former Wasps number eight Alfie Barbeary who is regarded as one of the brightest talents in the game.
Questions will be asked of how Bath can fund such high profile deals, but Russell is set to become the club's marquee player meaning his salary will fall outside of the salary cap and there is set to be a significant turnover of players 'getting off the train' at the end of the season.
The Blue, Black and White already took significant wages off their books last season by effectively releasing Anthony Watson while Wales great Taulupe Faletau left the club for Cardiff Rugby. A deal to sign Argentina star Pablo Matera in a big money move fell through in part due to behind the scenes turmoil at the club which has since been resolved. But a headline marquee replacement signing was never found.
Russell is reported to currently be on a contract worth £850,000 a season at Racing 92 and last year he was reportedly offered £1m per year by Japanese side Green Rockets Tokatsu, however he could not be temped. Racing are reported to be lining up All Blacks star Beauden Barrett as Russell's potential replacement in a move which is hardly a downgrade.
The Bath faithful were treated to a majestic fly-half display on Sunday as All Black Damian McKenzie inspired the Barbarians to a 31-30 victory. Playing opposite him was Orlando Bailey, Bath's great internal fly-half hope, but he is still a long way from a world-class talent like McKenzie, Barrett or Russell. Injury prone Piers Francis, 32, is van Graan's other senior stand-off.
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