The agent of Zenit St Petersburg star 27 year-old Andrei Arshavin has told the Daily Telegraph, that he expects the Russian to travel to England soon for transfer discussions.
Andrei Arshavin – may well end up in Premier league
Arshavin was impressive at Euro 2008 with Russia, at least in his first two games. In the semi-final game against Spain, he was hardly noticeable, and seemed completely exhausted.
Spanish giants Barcelona have had their second offer of 15M euros (Â£12M) turned down only yesterday, with his Russian club holding out for more than Â£20M. Talk about being greedy.
Arshavin’s agent, Dennis Lachter, has said he expects the Russian pay-maker to be heading to the Premier League for negotiations, shortly.
We expect the clubs interested are Arsenal and Chelsea.
Lachter says that Arshavin would only consider a club that can provide Champions League football.
Lachter talked to the Daily Telegraph today:
“Andrei would like to play in the Premier League but he will not accept an offer from clubs like Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Aston Villa.”
“There are only four British clubs he would play for and they are in the Champions League. It’s not about money, it’s about a team and professional ambition.”
“Zenit is negotiating with several clubs.”
“We are now waiting for a phone call from Zenit president Alexander Dyukov to allow us to negotiate his personal terms with one of them.”
“It’s most likely he will be heading for England.”
Lachter also believes that any interested club will need to double Barcelona’s bid and make a bid of around Â£24million to complete the transfer. This, mind you, after he was up for sale for Â£8M just 6 months ago.
Well, they can try we suppose, but there’s no way he’s worth anywhere near that figure, even if he did have two excellent games at Euro 2008.
“It’s going to be a very big transfer,” “Zenit will definitely not accept an offer of less than 30M euros (Â£23.8M).”
“They are owned by Gazprom, who are one of the biggest oil companies in the world, so they can afford not to sell him cheaply.”
We think Arshavin is worth around Â£10M, maybe a little more, but good luck to any club who wants to pay Â£20M or more for him.
Newcastle certainly have better things to do this summer, with that kind of money.