Setanta Sports is reporting that Andrei Arshavinâ€™s agent has revealed the Euro 2008 star has had more than five offers for his signature.
Â Andrei Arshavin – plays for Russia against Spain today
There are also reports that Manchester United have entered the race for the Russian play-maker.
Arshavin has had a great tournament in Euro 2008, and plays today for Russia in the semi-final tie against Spain, to determine who will meet Germany in Sunday’s final.
Arshavin has only played the last 2 games for Russia, due to a two game suspension, but Russia have looked a much better outfit with Arshavin’s skill in the team.
The player would prefer to play for Barcelona in Spain, his dream club, and the club he has supported since he was a youngster, but it’s not clear if Barcelona are interested, but why they wouldn’t be, we don’t know.
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, also seems interested, from an interview he gave yesterday, although he was a little cagey when asked if Arsenal would be actually bidding for the player.
We wouldn’t be surprised if two things have happened relevant to Newcastle:
- Newcastle have already bid for the player
- Newcastle’s bid was the first received, and probably before Euro 2008 even started
Arshavinâ€™s agent would not go into specifics, but he believes the eventual club that signs his client will now have to pay around Â£16M.
That is exactly twice the price he could have been bought for in January, when Newcastle United and Manchester City were first interested in him.
If Sam Allardyce hadn’t been sacked half way through January, it could be that he would already be a Newcastle player by now, but that’s water under the bridge of course.
Arshavin’s agent Alexei Safonov told Business FM yesterday:.
â€œGiven the teamâ€™s [Russiaâ€™s] performance, I think the transfer value has grown for Arshavin, Yuri Zhirkov and Igor Akinfeev – three players who may leave to play abroad,â€
â€œZenit have received more than five proposals from England and France, but Arshavin wants to go to Spain â€“ football that is suited for him.”
â€œHis transfer price is about â‚¬20 million (euros).”
“Zhirkovâ€™s is close to that amount. Zhirkov could play in England and in Germany and Italy.”
That’s a lot of money for left wing-back Zirkhov, whom we thought we could pick up for a lot less than that.
But maybe Nicky Shorey, at around Â£4M, would be better value, at this stage, but of course he isn’t as good.
What do you think?