Good news today, as news in the Daily Mirror and various other sites, report that Newcastle United have made an offer for Russian captain Andrei Arshavin.
Andrei Arshavin – would be great capture for Newcastle
We had reported only yesterday that Arshavin would stay at his home town club Zenit St Petersburg, if no bids were received for him before next Friday, 20th June.
But there is news today that Dennis Wise, who will be handling all transfer negotiations for the Tyneside club, has met with the Russian’s agent.
This is good news because Andrei was aware of the Newcastle interest last January, and seemed keen, and even anxious to make the move to Newcastle.
At that time Manchester City were also interested, and the fee was around Â£8M, but we think Â£10M is what it will probably take now, to get Andrei to St. James’ Park.
The 26-year-old Russian captain highlighted his abilities with a great performance in the 2-0 UEFA Cup final win over Rangers at Eastlands in mid-May, but there will be other clubs interested in him, we’re sure of that.
Arshavin has previously claimed he would be open to a move to St. James’ Park as he said last December:
“Of course I would like to play in England,”
“In Russia as well as England they are talking about Newcastle being interested in me and there has been no concrete offer.”
“In principle if they made an offer I would be interested.”
And what we’ve seen of Andrei, for both Russia and Zenit St. Petersburg last season, he’s an excellent player and would be great at Newcastle.
Andrei was born in May of 1981 in Saint Petersburg, (then called Leningrad), and is a top player for the Russian Premier League team Zenit St. Petersburg.
He can play both as a midfielder and as a striker and has played 34 times for Russia scoring 11 goals, since making his debut on May 17, 2002 in a match against Belarus.
He has captained the Russian side in their successful quest for European qualification under manager Guus Hiddink. Arshavin has played for his club side Zenith 211 times and scored 44 goals since making his debut in 2000.
He is suspended from Russia’s first two games in the current Euro 2008 Championships.
Andrei is just short of 5â€² 8â€ tall and is an attacking player in midfield or can also play up front, supporting the strikers, in the role Michael Owen played towards the end of last season.