New Chelsea manager Phil Scolari has turned down the chance sign the 27 year-old Russian play-maker, Andrei Arshavin.
Andrei Arshavin – Chelsea not interested
The News Of The World (NOTW)Â 😀 Â is reporting the Blues had been linked with a move for the Zenit St Petersburg star.
The price now quoted for the Russian is down to Â£12M, and just after the Euro 2006, that price was at Â£20M, so perhaps reality is setting in, as the hype of Euro 2008 goes down.
Newcastle could have had Andrei for around Â£8M in January, and perhaps if Newcastle are still interested, and one of the bigger clubs doesn’t make a move, we may be still in with a chance for the Russian, though that’s unlikely.
Pavlyuchenko and Zhirkov – two great players
If we do make a move for him, we could also move for one or two of his Russian team-mates, like left wing-back Yuriy Zhirkov, who is just 24, and striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, who is just 26.
Scolari has just signed Portugal midfielder Deco, who he knows well from managing the Portuguese national side, and he seems to have given up on any proposed deal for the 27-year-old play-maker.
The NOTW quotes a Chelsea insider as saying:
â€œArshavin will not be coming to Chelsea. He was on the radar for a while but it wonâ€™t be happening.”
â€œAll those reports saying he was coming to London last week were rubbish. It didnâ€™t happen â€” and neither will any transfer.â€
Barcelona and Arsenal are still said to be interested in signing the player, and Arshavin himself would like to go to the Spanish side, which he has supported since he was a child growing up in St. Petersburg.
Zenit’s manager and former Glasgow Rangers’ boss Dick Advocaat has said he wonâ€™t play for the club again until his future is sorted out.
â€œThe wish of a player who is still young to go and shine at a foreign club is very understandable.”
â€œWe canâ€™t keep him if someone offers good money.â€
Maybe we’re dreaming that we may still be in with a chance for Arshavin – but that would be only if other clubs pull out – we’ll see.