Arshavin Ready To Move To England


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.

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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 (£12M) turned down only yesterday, with his Russian club holding out for more than £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 £24million to complete the transfer. This, mind you, after he was up for sale for £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.

Lachter added.

“It’s going to be a very big transfer,” “Zenit will definitely not accept an offer of less than 30M euros (£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 £10M, maybe a little more, but good luck to any club who wants to pay £20M or more for him.

Newcastle certainly have better things to do this summer, with that kind of money.

Comments welcome.



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181 comments so far

  • harrier

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #1

    “Russian pay-maker” – That was cute ed 😉

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  • micknufc

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #2

    would have loved to have had him,but the club are that far away from the top nowadays the likes of him coming are pretty much out the qeustion.

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  • WIGAZ

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #3

    What an insult to the rest of league! if these comments are true lets hope we dont sign him! sounds like he thinks a lot of himself! be interesting if the top 4 dont want him? why dont we go to chelsea & ask how much it would take to prise Joe cole away from them! clearly signing deco must be an indication that he cant be high in demmand on scholari’s plans! he’d be a toon legend! the most creative player to wear the no 8 since gazza & beardo! pipe dream tho!

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  • marat18

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #4

    “pay-maker”
    classic from Ed 🙂

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  • riquelminho

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #5

    He is not such a star like it seems, i am pretty sure that he is not going to be one of the best players in any league, he is defo not worth 30M euros.. I am happy that he is not interested in NUFC, he has big apetite-money, no motivation-like most of russian stars.. stops playing great after millions on accout..

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #6

    WIGAZ – what a call – Joe Cole would be just what the Doctor ordered!!!!

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #7

    like i sed b4 there is no team in the epl or la liga gonna pay that for him….he is only worth about half no more….

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  • Finnaz

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #8

    To be fair Arshavin doesnt say he wouldnt play for NUFC, its his agent that says that! Most agents are just full of hot air. I say stick a £12.1m bid in lol

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  • ToonTimbo

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed!! Its a great blog site!! but why on earth are you still posting news about him!! 1. Hes out of our league, 2. he has a 30 million euro price tag (which he isnt worth) and 3. He is looking for champions league football!! Anyone would be crazy to buy a player of over 25 for that much!! Although… chelsea have been known to do that ;)!!

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #10

    wigaz where i do agree with you joe cole would be a good signing he aint gonna come here…. hes from the big smoke and thats where he will stay.

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  • Toon 85

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #11

    I like it wigaz, they must be ready to offload some midfieders soon – and I cant see ballack, deco and lamps in the same team

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Yes, a Doctor must be ordered if you think we have a hope in hell of getting Joe Cole 🙂

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  • The Entertainers

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #13

    20 million ?

    Didnt Kev say he would not be affriad to spend that on one player and we were reputed to have bid 17m on Modric.

    Hell i just hope we’ve got it to flaunt it !

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  • D.D

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #14

    i really don’t want him now, its a shame!
    thats not the sort of attitude i like
    anyways since when have boro bin in the frame?

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Slightly off topic – is Derdyok definitely a better prospect than Carroll.

    Also, is Inler that good?

    When I watched the Swiss in the Euros I thought they were very poor.

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  • Dan13

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Don’t want Arshavin now,
    too big for his own boots
    however, lets hope this agent talk is something we flush down the toilet.

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #17

    also i see that vdv has sed he wants to stay at hamburg……. aaaarrrrggghhh .

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Derdiyok was awesome in the euros, he assisted every swiss goal.

    Inler was ok in the euros, i’ve seen him play much better for Udinese.

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  • Matt Lacey

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Zenit’s valuation of him is just ridiculous – no way does 2 good Euro ’08 games and a good UEFA cup run triple his value in 6 months.

    If Zenit won’t budge on his fee then he’s not going anywhere – Man Utd and Liverpool don’t need him, Chelsea can attract any number of better players for that money and Arsenal won’t go near him at that price.

    We all know he’s a very good player but two world class performances doesn’t make him a world class player.

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #20

    there is no team gonna touch him with a barge pole at that price….

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  • davey

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #21

    well if arshavin wants a move to the BIG 4 he may have a job.
    didnt wenger say that he was put off due to his fitness? something to do with playing 2 games and teh 3rd he was non existant?
    also chelski are suposed to have dropped there intrest..

    liverpool n man u doubt they would go for him also

    we should put in a bid and pray to god lol

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  • Ross

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #22

    spot on matt lacey-it seems to me like the russians are getting more carried away with themselves about him now than we were before the whole saga began. 20 million? dont be daft.

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Tom Toon -Derdiyok made 2 of the three swiss goals according to the bbc euro 2008 mini site. In the game they won 2-0 against Portugal’s b-team he rated 6.7 out of 10 with bbc viewers. I’m assuming that all we know of this lad is from the Euros right? If so, I’d rather give Carroll the chance and spend in midfield and defensive cover positons. Back to topic – Arshavin would be worth a punt at £10million but given Barca offered £12mill and were turned down we need to forget Beardski

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  • Leo

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #24

    joe cole would be awesome just unlikelyalthough he may be sick of chelsea but most likely if he leaves he will go to west ham

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  • KKK

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #25

    normski – Adebayor “wants” to stay at Arsenal…if you know what i mean.

    Would be amazing if we got Rafael. Just throw Hamburg £15m and tell them to keep the change. If only it was that easy.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #26

    He assists 2 but won their penalty which was all 3 of their goals.

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  • Obafan

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #27

    I still hope Arshavin could end up in Newcastle. I don’t think he said those things about our team and Villa etc. I think his agent wants to sell him at one of the top 4 clubs in the EPL. The agent is saying that cause none of the 4 is interested and he ants to try to get their attention.
    1. Liverpool: he ain’t a Spanish player (Benitez link) so why would they go after him
    2. Man U: Ronaldo is staying so they do not need a replacement for him and they have plenty of class players in midfield
    3. Chelsea: turned down their interest; and bought Deco so where would he fit in the team???
    4. Arsenal: Too high wages, too much to pay for especially after the comments Wenger gave last week.

    I’ve got a feeling he might be coming our way.

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  • iceman

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #28

    if this russian is that good why has no big club made a bid for him(appart from barca) and they got knocked back, this lad has been on the scene 5 mins and they want 24 mill for him carnt see that happining plus what if no big clubs come in for him is he going to stay at zenit…

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  • Hadrian

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #29

    you would think that qualifying for europe 9 times in the past 2 decades would stand for something , but a few seasons in the hands of souness , roeder and allerdyce wipes away any appeal the club had

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Arshavin can’t possibly stay at Zenit after telling them he’s off can he? Maybe he’ll do a spiderman, buy out his contract and go to Barca for nice sign-on and large basic. I reckon he fits the criteria – 3years with current club – over 23 is it? Am I right?

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  • harrier

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #31

    It will be one of our “little” clubs who have slapped in a bid of 30 odd million euros and now zenit want at least that much from any cl club. The trouble will be that Arshavin wants to go to a CL team like barca if he can so the agent will be trying to drag up interest to that level.

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #32

    I’d rather have Cole (and maybe Keegan could convince him) or Van der Vaart (ditto). By the way, VDV’s website has a contact section enabling anyone who wishes to email him telling him to come to Toon – quickly.

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  • Alex

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #33

    mourinho & Wenger both recently doubted if he had enough stamina and questioned his fitness after his semi final performance . They both doubted that he would last a full season in the premiership or serie a . so lets just forget about him if they doubt his ability. No body is going to pay anywhere near what Zenit are wanting.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #34

    no chance in vdv or joe cole!

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #35

    honestly lads i think that sort of money could be spent a hellava lot better than on a guy who to be honest looks quite small and disinterrested when things arent going his way…..i think alot better buy from zenit would be Pogrebnyak and we wouldnt be paying anywhere near that sort of money….

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  • Anders

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Tom_Toon

    Barnetta won their penalty…

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #37

    ye never know tt theres nowt stranger than football i mean who would have thought that when vdv left ajax he would choose hamburg???

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #38

    normski, more plausible than hm moving to us now.

    He moved to Hamburg for guarenteed football and to develop more in a harder league.

    Anders, i dont know then, i just know it says 3 assists on the uefa website.

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  • harrier

    Jul 8, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #39

    TT could he not do the same thing by going to PL from bundesliga for Newcastle?

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  • fernando

    Jul 8, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #40

    joe cole is a chelsea fan on massive wages who played lots of games when fit. I could see him maybe going arsenal or spurs but not out of london.

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