The Daily Mail is reporting today that Andrei Arshavin is now a Â£10M target for Arsene Wenger.
Â Andrei Arshavin – on his way to Arsenal?
The Russian play-maker was the star man in his side’s 2-0 win over Sweden on Wednesday, and he seemed to transform the Russian side, after missing the first two games because of suspension.
The 27-year-old scored one excellent goal and was involved in the other, as he inspired the Russians through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2008. They are play Holland on Saturday.
Apparently Wenger has already met with Dick Advocaat, the coach of Zenit St Petersburg, to express the London side’s interest.
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That’s potentially bad news for Newcastle United, who are said to have already launched a Â£9M bid for the player. The Tyneside club were also interested in Andrei last January.
Arshavin was part of Zenit St. Petersburg’s UEFA Cup winning side last season, and the Daily Mail says the player has a fixed-price release clause in his contract. He is said to earn around Â£50K/week at the Russian club, but that seems awfully high to us.
As we reported yesterday, we feel that several top European clubs could now challenge for his signature, but it appears that Arsene Wenger has put himself in prime position, having already made contact with Andrei’s club, prior to his superb display against Sweden.
This will be disappointing to Newcastle fans, with Andrei looking great all last season.
There was news only recently, from Arshavin’s club, that if there were no bids for the player before 20th June, which is today, Andrei would sign a new contract at St. Petersburg.
Perhaps we may even hear something about this today.
Russia’s brilliant coach Guus Hiddink, who had Ruussia looking so good on Wednesday night,Â said:
“Arshavin is a player who can decide very fast where he can create danger – he’s a smart player,”
“We play with the concepts that football should be played, like Holland,”
Guus is now set to face his old team Holland on Saturday, in Russia’s first knockout match at a major tournament, since the break-up of the old USSR in 1992.
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