Barcelona Make Approach For £20M Andrei Arshavin

There are reports today, from the BBC, that Russian play-maker Andrei Arshavin may get his wish, as his dream club, Barcelona, have approached his current club, Zenit St Petersburg.


Andre Arshavin – ineffective last night against Spain

The 27-year-old had said earlier this week that playing for Barcelona was his dream, since it was the club he supported as a youngster in Russia.

On Wednesday, Arshavin had said:

“Barcelona are my dream, I never thought I would have a genuine chance to play for the club.”

“I have supported Barcelona all my life, let’s see how the situation unfolds.”

“For now I can’t say anything for sure.”

Arshavin had previously told BBC Radio 5 Live of his admiration for England’s top league:

“I see English games on TV – it’s the best league in the world,”

“I would like to change club. It’s not a big difference between England and Spain.”

“It’s another level for me.”

Barcelona Vice President Ferran Soriano admitted the club were interested in the player and told Mundo Deportivo:

“We are interested in Arshavin.”

“But it won’t be easy to sign him because all teams want him now.”

But Barcelona must now be favored to win the race for Andrei, if they are willing to pay the huge fee now on Arshavin’s head, but the Zenit official added:

“Barcelona have made a formal proposal to Zenit for the purchase of Arshavin.”

“We will only talk about this once Andrei returns to Zenit.”

The forward has starred in Russia’s run to the semi-finals of Euro 2008, and he was heavily linked with Newcastle United before the Euro 2008 finals started, but is now completely out of reach for the Tyneside club, since his transfer fee seems to have more than doubled.

He had an ineffective game for Russia last night, and Spain were the worthy 3-0 winners with Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas making two of Spain’s three goals, and looking very good, as usual.

Russia looked nothing like the attacking force they had been in their last two games, but Spain had beaten them in the group 4-1 in their first game, and Russia seemed hesitant to move too far forward.

Since Arshavin had two great games and his value in the transfer more than doubled – does that mean his transfer value now comes down after a poor game last night?    No, but it’s a good thought isn’t it.

Arshavin’s agent Dennis Lachter said the player would now cost about 25M euros (£20M), but said money was not the main issue, as he told Spanish television station La Sexta:

“It’s time for him (Arshavin) to look for new challenges, and this is a great opportunity for him,”

“Everything depends on how interested Barcelona are and how much the player wants to play there.”

“There are not that many clubs in the world that can match his pay at the moment, but the main reasons for leaving will be sporting ones.”

Barcelona say they have been monitoring Arshavin since April, and Barcelona VP Soriano added the Spanish giants had first noticed him when he played against German side Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Cup, and he told Mundo Deportivo:

“Our interest isn’t sudden since we have been following him with discretion for a few months now,”

“We were under the impression that he played in midfield, but now we have seen that in big games, with his national team at the Euro, that he plays on the flank,”

“That’s dispelled any doubt and this is the profile of a player we would like.”

Zenit coach Dick Advocaat is already resigned to losing his star player, and he told BBC Radio 5 Live:

“I can understand that he wants to play in Europe,”

“I think he has some clubs in his mind, some in England and others in Spain, because they are the only two countries he would like to play in.”

“If you lose one of your main players you don’t like it as a coach but you have to be realistic.”

But buying players who have starred in big tournaments like this is not the best way to gauge a player, becasue there’s too much hype and emotion involved.

You really want somebody who will perform well, week in and week out, and while Arshavin can do that, he is now too expensive at £20M.

But to think all this is now going on a for a player that Newcastle could have had in January for £8M.    🙁

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • DURhamTOON

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #1

    He’s worth no where near that amount. Good luck to him though!

  • Patrick

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t think he will ever be better than Guivarc’h. I don’t care if he comes or not.

  • broon ale

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    on with our lives I say

  • broon ale

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #4

    patrick, why compare him to guivarch? thats a bit weird!

  • Stami

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #5

    i 2nd that broon ale

  • Stami

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #6

    your 1st comment that is…

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Der!..Barca are mentalists!..
    …He’s 27, he ain’t worth that!..
    …So i guess players just say who they wanna play for, via the press now, & that team knows they can have ’em!..
    …£20m for a player worth about 10m, that actually wants to go there?..

  • Hadji

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #8

    At least he wont be in Arsenal or Tottenham,i must say i’m happy about this transfer cause he chose my 2nd and last favorite team and that is Barca.

  • ToonTimbo

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #9

    we realistically missed out on him as soon as he started playing in the Euros so i dont see why stories are still being posted!! I also agree with broon ales 1st comment!!


    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #10

    I dont see many similarities between Arshavin and Guivarch!

    I still think Veloso would still be the best signing we could make.

    I know its unrealistic but when the crunch time came for Modric only us and Spurs bid, After months of hearing about interest from Barca, Man Utd, Chelsea, Juve etc.

    I just think if we bid for Veloso we may be surprised because his agent is lying when he says arsenal and Milan want him, Milan said they would buy Adebayor or nobody this summer and theres no way Arsenal would be spending £15m+ on a single player.

    If we offered them £18m i doubt Sporting would turn us down.

  • Rob

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Nerver mind, he was piss poor agianst spain anyways…

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #12

    …Next!.. 😀

  • Davies

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Yup. Time to move on.

    I wouldn’t pay £11m for him if last nights performance was the first I’d seen of him.


  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Craigg, i reckon the press just see a player they think are good, & if a team outside the top 4 are after him, they just hoy a name from in the top 4 at it & see if it sticks!?!..
    …They hate bein’ wrong & hate seein’ players they rate goin’ to teams they hate!..

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #15


  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #16

    263 down, only 18,478,929 to go!.. 😀

  • Rob

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #17

    I’d probably stay away from buying russian now, cuz players under coaching from Hiddink tend to play alot better than they do i their clubs…

  • Hammy

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Weird…..looks like a desperate move to keep Barca’s fans happy, poor value at £20 million for a 27 year old. Let’s see if Platini starts moaning about debt ridden La Liga teams now,
    I doubt it…

  • Leo

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #19

    where does it say 20mil??????

  • Kash2

    Jun 27, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #20

    @Hammy: I don’t think Real and Barca are debt ridden like the EPL teams. I think they have a different system where they issue something familiar to share options to raise equity……I think!

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 27, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #21

    @ KASH

    Icant remember what team it was last season in La Liga, but there was a Spanish team where there players went on strike on the pitch for a couple of games, due to the team not paying them for a number of months.

    There were even reports of players having to sell there cars and houses!…unheard of.

    But i think the point with me and prehaps Hammy is Platini never spoke up about that club, he should just save his breath for his blow up doll!

  • Kash2

    Jun 27, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Yeah it was Levante, who went into Administration. Platini like Blatter are living in the past. I think alot of so called legends or football politicians don’t realise that Football is becoming a international media business with the EPL at the forefront due to excellent marketing. The revenue to be gained in phenomenal, and leveraging a business is inevitable to secure a piece of the market!

  • Kash2

    Jun 27, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Looks like Zhirkov is being lined up by Mourinho at Inter. I think he was out of our price range anyway!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 27, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #24

    The club should have listened to me about a year ago! We would have had Zhirkov by now!

  • todd

    Jun 27, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #25

    tomtoon you really are a know nothing prick.

  • gorskino10

    Jun 27, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #26

    I Fort this was smoke screen by Barca to make there “Star” player uneasy by offering for him maybe to put him off so Spain get through???
    To be honest he should look at how he can get into there team for Barca they have Xavi and Iniesta so thats gunna be solid for him to get into the team look at Newcastle we have Butt and Geremi 2 of the worse players in the world he could be crippled and still get into our midfield 😛

  • Hadrian

    Jun 27, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #27

    How’s he 20 million arshavin when its been said for going on a year that he has a buyout clause of 10mill in his contract 😀

    ohh and ED , enough articles about players we ARE NOT getting .

  • Ross

    Jun 27, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #28

    butt isnt one of the worst players in the world, alot of our game goes through him to be honest..

  • gorskino10

    Jun 27, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Come on butt hasnt played for us for years he was still hurt and still is by Manchester United that they sold him and he has never got over that fair our moves go through him but we were crap last seasson and didnt score many goals meaning he he got alot of ball and done nothing with it and mind due his age he is getting on also he foals too many times and gets booked too many times. and Geremi all i need to say if for a winger you need pace he has never had any and for a professional who struggles to lift the ball off the floor is shocking also his age we need a dynamic midfield (young players with pace) this means they will help the defence out more and help the strikers out more that is the KEY area if this happenes then strikers will get more service and defender more help with those 2 they dont do either.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Jun 27, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #30

    I suggest the club buy the latest version of the Football Manager, Pro-Evolution Soccer and watch youtube regularly to “spot” upcoming young talents.

  • Jammy

    Jun 27, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Gorskino10 – have you ever seen Newcastle United play? Nicky Butt has been our most consistent performer for the last two seasons, scoring crucial goals away to Spurs two years on the bounce.

    His game is hardly based around goals, Makelele hardly bangs in fifteen a season but is good at what he does.

    Ed, do you get paid for views of your blog? I can’t think of any other reason you write so many stories about people we aren’t signing. For future reference I can hazard a guess we won’t be signing Ronaldo, Vidic, Fabregas, Torres, Drogba and Carvalho, if you want to get writing.

  • Faustino

    Jun 27, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #32

    I for one get upset if Ed hasn’t written a new thread per hour. Seriously.

    Keep it up.

  • michael12

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Well said Ale. On with our lives, the sooner he is snapped up the better.

  • Dan

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #34

    tbh couldn’t give a toss if we don’t get him anymore


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