Manchester City After Andrei Arshavin

News today in the Daily Mirror that Manchester City have made a bid for Russian captain Andrei Arshavin.


Andrei Arshavin – is Keegan interested?

Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra is reported to be making an £11M bid for Zenit St Petersburg striker Andrei Arshavin – after the player lifted the UEFA Cup at Eastlands, last week.

The Thai owner would like to bring the talented Russian to the club quickly, to appease unhappy fans who are expecting the sacking of Sven Eriksson shortly. Talks with the Russian are to said to have already begun.

This is happening even though the owner has yet to officially announce that Sven Eriksson is sacked, and that’s not to mention there is no idea who the new manager will be.

But this is a sign, for any potential new manager at the club, that the Thai wants to run the club himself, and that’s a hardly a good sign for anybody.

Sam Allardyce was interested in Arshavin, who has impressed a lot this season, but we don’t know what Kevin Keegan thinks of the player.

City hope to finance the deal by selling defender Richard Dunne and midfielder Stephen Ireland, with Roy Keane presumably leading the chase.

If Stephen Ireland is available, he would seem to fit with Newcastle’s strategy of bringing in youngsters still to develop. Stephen looks a very good player who is still just 21 years old and has already played for the Eastlands club over 80 times.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

88 comments so far

  • JK Muzzi

    May 23, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Neeeeee way, Ireland sucks!


    May 23, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Would love arshavin if we got him.Ireland is good player aswell but not sure if he be right for the toon.

  • Eric

    May 23, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    I think if KK was interested in Arshavin we would have had something in the wind by now.
    The fact is we do not know who KK wants or is
    considering moving for. It does seem as though we are having to compete with a group of clubs below the gang of four. E.g., Everton, Man City, Spurs, Villa, Pompey and Blackburn. It will take some time but I think the only club that can eventually break the stranglehold of the top 4 is NUFC.


    May 23, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Eric- I hope your right.

  • The Entertainers

    May 23, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Arshavin would be an excellent sigining. However if Ardan rumour is true i cant see us signing both. Both players appear to have similar abilities, both can play on the left or can be the creative force behind the strikers. As for lreland i’m not sure, he has played a major role in City’s revival and is young enough though. I would prefer a more defensive midfielder.

  • Taiwantoon

    May 23, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #6

    I actually was thinking about how much Man City will spend this summer. This would be a good indicator of how ambitious the board actually are IMO. I would be very disappointed if we have failed to march Man city by a big margin, we certainly are not smaller than Man C, are we?

    I don’t believe anything the press says about Thaksin as I don’t believe he is such a fool. Come on, you are talking about a multi-millioniar who was also the prime minister of Thailand. He is a winner and a winner can not be a fool.

    I personally think he has every right to sack Eriksson as he has supported him by spending about 50m with a return of 13 extra points compare to last year, and if he thinks it is not a good return, then it is not.

  • Davies

    May 23, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Shame if he goes to City. At least Spurs won’t get him if he does though.

  • Marat18

    May 23, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    There is another rumour in Russia – that CSKA’s striker Zo (Zho?) transfer to Man City is a done deal and brazilian is already in England.
    20 mill punds mentioned, but it’s believed that this price tag is too high for City and they will have a loan deal with future transfer option.
    So, I’m not sure that Chinahwa (or whatever the name of this Thai is) will sign two strikers form Russian PL.

  • peptheblue

    May 23, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #9

    I have the upmost respect for newcastle as a team but Eric’s views are dillusional. Newcastle are NO more likely than us or Aston Villa to break into the top 4. As for Arshavin – we’re in the UEFA next season albeit with a stroke of good fortune so I can see this happening.

    Thing is.. i can see Dunne going Villa for around £5m (not bad considering we paid £3m in 2000) and Ireland going to Sunderland (because of Keane)

    good luck next season anyways.. should be interesting.

  • SuperShearer

    May 23, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #10

    No player in his right mind should sign for a club that doens’t have a manager and no manager in his right mind should sign for a club that is managed by the owner. In other words until City sack and replace Sven, or keep him they are in a state of limbo. We have to take advantage of this. Get Dunne, get Ireland (he would be a great squad player) and highlight to people that City are run by a ruthless man that wants to be a manager more than an owner.

  • Taiwantoon

    May 23, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #11

    Marat18, JO? I read that somewhere too.

  • Marat18

    May 23, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Exactly, Jo.
    They say it like he is already Man City player

  • toonarmy08

    May 23, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Cant see anyone wanting to go to man shitty at the moment ,as the club seems very unstable ,and no one knows whats happening there from 1 day to the next.I would welcome s.ireland ,think he is an excellent young prospect ,better player than Barton imo ,technically and obviously mentallylol

  • aaron d

    May 23, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Marat18, think you will find thats Jo not Zo

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 23, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #15

    ireland is a wierdo, good player though. still nothing from the turan saga. getting very pessimistic now. if you read loads of turkish blogs, they all say he should be going to real madrid??

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 23, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #16

    gs fan, any news?

  • Bob

    May 23, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #17

    aaron d: Maybe “Jo” sounds like “Zo” where Marat comes from? Just a thought.

  • clinta

    May 23, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Taiwan toon, your right i guess Thaksin Shinawatra is no fool, he was the prime minister of thailand and by having this influence he managed to steal millions from the countries economy and buy a premier league football club with the proceeds, all be it man c!

    so not a fool yeah, just a little corrupt

  • scottish mag

    May 23, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #19

    KK is to step up chase for sessesgnon

  • Marat18

    May 23, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #20

    it sounds like Zho, but I remember that there were 2 letters in his name, so thought it’s Zo.
    Whatever, Zo, Zho, Jo, the message is – he is going to city and may be they don’t have much transfer funds available if they have to sell Dunne and Ireland to buy Arshavin and are aiming only loan deal for Jo.
    Well, they seem in a more mess then we were year ago.

  • steve

    May 23, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #21

    old news being rehashed on a slow news day

  • Taiwantoon

    May 23, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #22

    clinta, agreed. I think it was actually a very good move for him, and I thought Tony Blair should have done us a favour when he was still the PM. lol

  • chennai toon

    May 23, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #23

    any news abt zarate guys?…………………

  • Stami

    May 23, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #24

    i really want us to sign Stephen Ireland! Perfect replacement for Barton, except he is much younger! really think highly of the kid! as for Arshavin, hope he comes! woulb be a great signing for us, and show the world that we mean business next season!!!

  • ToonKing

    May 23, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #25

    pfff i should just stay away, i got depressed after every reload this week.

    no news on Turan, Liverpool goes for Riera, City after Arshavin and Jo, meanwhile KK steps up the chase for Sessegnon………….pffff this is getting beyond a bad joke….

  • Bosck

    May 23, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #26

    wouldnt believe this rumour too much until something concrete actually happens for 2 reasons:

    1) its in the mirror, nuff said

    2) arshavin was the star of the uefa cup final so will probably be linked with most of the clubs in the league who need to make signings because the sports press in this country would rather be lazy and make things up rather than actually do any real research.

  • Eric

    May 23, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #27

    Looked up your site info Scottish Mag. I hope KK does go for this player. Trouble is, as the item says, Arse’n’Banger is sniffing around as well. Well, if he’s good enough for the original Brylcreem Boys he’s good enough for us. Ideal replacement for Butt eventually.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 23, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #28

    Sessegnon is a good player.

    ToonKing – What do you think about Kankava and Hladky.

  • Neilos

    May 23, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #29

    They will most likely get him due to European football.

  • ToonKing

    May 23, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #30

    yes Sessegnon is good, but not in the league of those mentioned.

    Hladky is a very good big man in the making and he can score very well.

    never seen Kankava, all i know is that he’s Georgian.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 23, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Ye, ive seen kankava a few times, very agressive cm can pass really well and tackle.

    Id have Sessegnon over Geremi any day.

    Would be an instant improvement.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 23, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #32

    atleast sessegnon can move

  • TomPoon

    May 23, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Arshavin over Turan any day of the week.

    My no.1 transfer target for weeks.

    Please go for him asap

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 23, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #34

    please go for turan!

  • Steven1979

    May 23, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Spuds will get Turan, Man City Arshavin.
    Dont be worried we’ve still SMITH..

  • TomPoon

    May 23, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Why be picky, we’ll get them both

    Turan – Velosa – Arshavin

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 23, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #37

    steven you f*cker, making them wait 40 minutes for turan news last night. haha

  • The Entertainers

    May 23, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #38

    I see Wolves have signed, supposed Toon target Sam Vokes from Bournmouth.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 23, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #39

    haha, were even losing out to wolves

  • Marat18

    May 23, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #40

    where is your news about Turan???


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