One thing that will be interesting Newcastle United fans this morning, is that two of our targets before Euro 2008, Andrei Arshavin and Arda Turan, are still at their clubs, and have not yet been transferred.
Â Andrei Arshavin – not worth anywhere near Â£24M
What does that mean?Â Probably not much other than there could still be hope that a miracle could occur and one of them could still end up on Tyneside.
Arsenal target Andrei Arshavin has today criticized his home town club, Zenit St Petersburg, for putting a Â£24M transfer tag on him, that may well prevent him moving to the London club.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is said to be in a tussle with Barcelona for the Russian play-maker.
Andrei, a top target at Newcastle since last December, was one of the stars of his country’s fabulous run to the semi-finals of Euro 2008, although the midfielder had a very poor game in the semi final tie against eventual winners Spain, who were certainly the best side there.
Barcelona have already had an Â£11.9M offer for Arshavin turned down last month – and the 27-year-old is now somewhat fearful that he could be left high and dry this summer, since Barcelona have just signed Alexander Hleb from Arsenal for the same price.
Arsene Wenger does not overpay for any player, and if he cannot get Andrei at the right price, it’s likely Arsenal will just not bother.
The problem Andre may have, is that Arsenal may sign someone else for their midfield, and then the Russian may indeed be left high and dry, and if that happens, maybe, just maybe,Â Newcastle could be back in for him again.
A tall order we know, but stranger things have happened in football.
Andrei spoke today about his transfer price today, and is not happy:
“Zenit are asking for so much money,”“I know Barcelona offered Â£11.9M, but Zenit are asking for Â£23.8M.”
“I have made my decision, and Zenit coach Dick Advocaat knows I want to go.”
“I do not know if it will be to London, but my desire is well-known.”
Interesting last sentence there, on where exactly he may end up, and it may not be London.
And we have no idea what is going on right now with impressive Galatasaray winger, 21 year-old Arda Turan.
Quite honestly, the less we hear about Arda the better, because there’s always a chance Newcastle can shock everybody again, by announcing his transfer – hope springs eternal.
However, it could be that both players are just out of reach, period (full stop) – but there are still some very good players available to us, that could do a job for keegan in the seasons ahead.
These include Carlos Cuellar at Glasgow Rangers, Seb Larsson at Birmingham, 6’5″ Dorin Goian of Steaua Bucharest, Nigel De Jong of Hamburg, Eren Derdiyok of FC Basle, and Nicky Shorey of Reading, to name but a few.
In fact, if we could get all six, we’d be in pretty good shape.
Comments always welcome.