Newcastle United and Manchester City are reported to be in a close battle for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder and captain of Russia, Andrei Arshavin.
Andrei Arshavin – Man City to make better bid?
According to Sport-Express, Newcastle have already made a Â£9M bid for the player, which seems a good bid for from the Tyneside club.
But Zenit sources are now saying they expect Manchester City to better that offer.
The 27-year-old Russian international was unable to play in the first two group matches at Euro 2008, taking place in Austria and Switzerland, due to a suspension.
But he is expected to play some part in their crucial game tomorrow against Sweden, when the winner takes all, and goes into the quarter finals.
We believe the transfer market is now heating up with the group games of Euro 2008 coming to an end.
We would expect some decisions on players Newcastle are after, even before the end of this week, with news today that Newcastle have also bid Â£5M for Ranger’s center-back Carlos Cuellar.
It would be heartbreaking if we miss out on Arshavin at this stage.