Arshavin Looking to Leave Russia In Summer


Newcastle have been closely linked with Russian captain, Andrei Arshavin, since last October.

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Arshavin – wants to move to England or Spain

And there were even signs in January that we may sign the midfielder for around £8M.

That was until Sam Allardyce was replaced by Kevin Keegan.

Since then there has been very little news on Newcastle’s interest in the player, who couldn’t play for Russia in their first two games in Euro 2008 because of a suspension.

But it seems that the 5’8″ Russian is still keen to leave his current club, Zenit St Petersburg.

Arshavin, 27, has been watched by Spurs, Arsenal and Newcastle, and has agreed to sign for another year with his Russian club, but only if a deal with another club doesn’t materialize by June 20. That’s one week.

The Russian has said he wants to move to England or Spain.

Zenit official Konstantin Sarsania said:

“Andrei wants to try playing in one of the leading European leagues, but if he doesn’t leave us by June 20 he’ll stay in the team.”

The player has already said he’s be only too happy to move to Newcastle United, but right now we’re not sure what Kevin thinks of the player.

Zenit St Petersburg is his home town club, and the only club he’s ever played for, having made 211 appearances since 2000, and scored 44 goals for them.

He’s so far played 34 times for Russia scoring 11 goals.

Well, he’s available if Newcastle are interested.

Comments welcome.



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58 comments so far

  • HeronMag

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    He would be a great buy, but I wouldn’t pay a ridiculous amount for him.

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  • Mac

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah good buy but there is absolutely nothing to suggest that we’re interested in him,if Keegan rates him or even knows who he is. I think we can put this story to bed and rest assured that mr Arshavin will not be in the black and white next season.

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  • HeronMag

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Agreed Mac I don’t see him in a black and white shirt next season. We know Allardyce was interested but I’ve heard nothing from KK suggesting he’s interested at all.

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  • ronaldeano

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    It depends weather KK likes him or not. He is a good player but i would prefer us to spend big and go for VDV. If we were willing to pay a vast amount for Modric, why not VDV

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  • liamtoonbirchy

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    good news, if we want him were being forced to move in quickly but can we be quicker than other clubs and the deadline?

    8m would be fair price.

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Personally, I think he will move for more than 8m and he will prob. end up at City or something. I think he is a quality player and would actually be perferctly suited to playing the deep-lying forward position in our 4-3-3 (if we do stick with that formation).

    Worth a shot I think, good quality indeed.

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  • Tom from Aus

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    i hope we get him and more backs. We need to improve our shakey back line

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  • Mac

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Yeah i must admit i would pay 8m but again it is all talk. Nothing will come of this story. I agree with trying to get VDV but once again we have no idea what is happening at the club.

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  • Aussie Dave

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #9

    absolute quality definately would improve the team, sign him up.

    Has anyone seen how good Deco has been playing, plenty of people bag him on this blog, but he would definately be a good signing.

    Chelsea will take him

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #10

    i doubt we are intrested in arse shaving. good player but would prefer arda, vdv, seb larsson and inler in a midield, that would be excellent.

    cant see us getting vdv or inler though. although both are totally plausable

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  • brownrob

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #11

    Personally id sign him at all costs, imagine the joy Oba and Owen would have with Arshavin playing all those intelligent passes to them, and Obas pace 😀

    The thing Viduka gives us is intelligent passing, and a bit of muscle, granted Arshavin isnt as strong, but his passing is sublime and has more pace, he would also be a good role model for Kazenga too 🙂

    The fact I have him on the toon in FM08 is besides the point! I believe I got him for 7m 😉 Who needs wisey eh? 😀

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  • broon ale

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Ed Harrison, when did he say he would be willing to move to newcastle.? Do you have a quote to back that up?

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  • meiny_obano9

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    WE NEED GET THIS PLAYER HE IS CLASS

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  • ChrisL

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Him & the russian striker might be a good pair

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  • brownrob

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Pavel Pogrebnyak ChrisL?

    Have to admit I never seen him play, but Tom thinks he is great!

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  • Spyro

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Broon Ale, Arshavin said he would be happy to come to us back in January i think.

    By the way, Arsenal are now interested in Turan i think

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  • broon ale

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Ok, if Ed cant answer maybe some of you guys can..

    it stipulates in this article that Arshavin has indicated he would like to join newcastle.

    has he actually said this himself or was that just simply a bit of peotic licence.

    surely there must be quotes attributed to arshavin stating his desire to sign for newcastle.

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  • broon ale

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #18

    spro, we posted at the same time. If what you say is fact, thats fair enough

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  • Spyro

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    We have had a head start on Turan and Arshavin and if we dont sign at least one of the two i will start to have serious doubts on the ambitions of the club

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  • ChrisL

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #20

    I think that’s him, Strachan was getting excited about him the other day, rates him as a big Teddy Sheringham… sounds good to me! But obviously I’m just going by Strachan’s opinion. I just think that when new players come in it’s a good idea to get two together (i.e. two Russians).

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  • Spyro

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #21

    might have been his agent though Broon, cant really remember, but dont worry, we could get him as long as we act in the next week or so…but we wont lol

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  • nightfall

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #22

    get him..he’s better then all turans, decos, etc.
    we’ll have problems signing big names ‘cos of the wage buget… a lot of players are greedy…let’s hope arshavin is not one of them 🙂

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #23

    were you hear arsenal are intrested in turan?

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  • Leo

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #24

    its funny all the everton fans are all claiming that he said during january that he wanted to sign for them….

    sounds like he had the exactly statement sent out to us than them

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  • Patrick

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #25

    Hi, I would like to express some of my thoughts on this year’s transfer business. However, to cut it short, I think it’s the time for the reserves to step up. As well, we have to make good choices on buying. (To be honest, I am thinking of matching with the “Entertainers” who were able to win Manchester United by 5 goals.)

    Starting from the Goalkeeper, if we are selling Given, we will end up with Harper and two prospects Foster and Krul. Don’t forget Given was a young player when he joined us around 10 years ago.

    I’ll never say the defense is not good enough, but more armor is welcome. However, the most important thing is to keep Steven Taylor, period. Aren’t we having one of the best defense in the league with the rising Enrique, the best right back Beye and the gentle guy Taylor? We also have Faye who can play the center back. One of the most important thing is… give Edgar more chance to establish. With Tozer, Kadar and other new lads, I think the leaving four will never be missed. (esp Carr) My personal dream would be getting a guy like Phillppe Albert who can also score goals and participate in attacking once in a while. Edgar can be like that.

    I view the midfield and the forward as one same thing. We are always talking about 4-3-3 now, but isn’t it what the “Entertainers” used? Starting from the defensive midfielder, Butt is irreplacible, but we also have Geremi and Faye (he’s good in the anchoring positions) The left and right midfield is the real problem. Getting a Ginola-liked midfielder, who can pass, score, run with the attractive dribbling, is a good thing. We don’t get talents like that for a long time. Except that, I think the midfield is okay. Let’s just buy Arda Turan and some other right-price buys who can run.

    The frontline… Please treat/change Owen as Beardsley (and I think it’s what KK’s doing). Beardsley came to NUFC as a forward, but he made a switch to the Attacking midfield role which has been very impressive. How about the forwards? There’s one and only one Alan Shearer who can consistently score. We need one person like that now. We have a pacey forward Martins (which I consider one of the very few things better than the “Entertainers” era) and we need a crashing forward. We need the “Viduka of Celtics” or “Viduka of Leeds” but not the one we have now. Let’s change Carroll into something like that. (Buying Gomis is not necessary as he is another pacey guy only).

    Someone may tell that EURO 2008 is a good place to start looking, but don’t forget the story of Stephane Guivarc’h!!! We have bought junks like that, a few times.

    As a short conclusion, I think our success can’t depend on big money buys. We need to turn to our great reserved team and the young guns. When we buy big names with big money (except Shearer and Owen), we usually fail to get the best from them.

    What do you think Ed? I would like to discuss about this with you.

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  • WIGAZ

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #26

    We should go for him! he’s a quality player & would give us that creative touch we so badly need! (aint had it since pedro) hope vdv rumours are true! but i think this guy could be a more realistic option! what you lads think of gomez? he’s been bum so far in euros but i do think he’d be better for us than gomis!

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  • Chris H

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #27

    I’ll be disapointed if we don’t at least try to get Arshavin. He’s a quality player. He was easily the best player on the pitch in the Uefa Cup final!

    If wise and co. are aiming too high i.e VDV and so on we’ll miss out on players like Arshavin. Get him signed up.

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  • Spyro

    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #28

    my mistake GG7, my mistake, it is just an Arsenal forum, however this shows he is now attracting attention of the fans so he must be attracting rival managers right?

    Gomis has also been poor so far in the Euro, then again he aint played much, about half an hour i think

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  • Gunnar/Iceland

    Jun 13, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #29

    Class player but I think we won’t be buying him.

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  • Tom

    Jun 13, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #30

    broon ale – i definately remember arshavin saying a “come and get me” message round about january. i remember reading it on skysports, can’t remember the exact quotes though.

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  • Davies

    Jun 13, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #31

    I hope Mr Wise is reading this.

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  • geordiekk

    Jun 13, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #33

    what we need to know really is when kk is back from holliday it seems nothing is happening till then so has anybody got any idea when he’s back?????

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  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jun 13, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #34

    There’s some quote of when he said he’d would be interested. I don’t see how that could change tbh. Esp if we get in some new players. We also have a bigger name manager.

    Arda Turan, Arshavin and then we’re talking.

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  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jun 13, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #35

    Geordie KK, About two weeks 🙁

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  • geordiekk

    Jun 13, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #36

    i read something yesturday that he was back the end of this week its only the journal saying another 2 weeks

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  • geordiekk

    Jun 13, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #37

    i remember Arshavin’s come and get me plea its the only reason i watched the uefa cup final he was quality

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  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jun 13, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #38

    Aye. He was involved in both of the goals. Can anyone see this happening though?

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  • geordiekk

    Jun 13, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #39

    i think deals are done just waiting for kk to get back this might sound stupid but i think berbatov might be the big surprise theres been no talk of him leaving since that meeting between ma and kk in london u never know he is a toon fan

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  • Hate Prawn Sandwiches

    Jun 13, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Keegan has a mobile! and no doubt the club would be in contact with him, if he needs to be consulted! I believe most if not all our targets are at present in the Euros! so we are going to have to be patient!! its hard to say as we all want to get the right players in ASAP!
    I hope we sign Arda Turan, we need to pay his asking price! just sick of all media gossip!

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