The Zenit St Petersburg midfielder, who has played wonderfully well in the two games he has played for Russia at Euro 2008, is wanted by many big clubs.
Andrei Arshavin – wants to play in Spain
And the play-maker will now cost big money this summer, if he does decide to leave the UEFA Cup winners, as expected, for a move to a bigger and more high profile club.
The biggest club interested in the long-term Newcastle target is Arsenal, but Andrei has come out today and said he would really like to play in the Spanish league, which he apparently has followed for the last few years.
Newcastle have been tracking the 27-year-old since last year, but his fantastic play at Euro 2008, has attracted a host of other clubs.
But Arshavin has now made it clear that he would actually like a move to Spain’s La Liga, although he says there has been no firm interest so far.
Andrei told AS today:
“I know that I have offers from England and Germany, but what I really want is to play in the Primera Liga,”
“It’s the championship that I have always followed, I like how football is played there.”
“But for now, I have no offers from Spain.”
Sounds to us that may be a veiled call to Real Madrid, Barcelona and others to come and get him.
But it looks like he’s way out of reach for Newcastle now, unfortunately. You win some, you lose some.
But just think if we had signed him before Euro 2008, say for Â£8M, and he then played like he has been.
There would certainly be a lot of very happy Geordie fans out there right now.