Russian playmaker Arshavin wanted by Wenger’s Arsenal
Ever since Arshavin’s excellent form for Russia in Euro 2008, a number of highly respected top teams have been chasing his signature. In the summer, Barcelona were interested in the attacking minded midfielder, however, could not agree a price with his current club Zenit. This could well be the same case this January, as Arsenal go looking for another winger to bolster up their squad in an attempt to finish in a Champions League once again.
Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, has made his intentions clear that he wants to sign Arshavin on a permanent deal. But, with Arsenal apparently only offering £12 Million, there are some problems regarding the financial side of the deal once again. Despite the Russian wanting a move to one of Europe’s top clubs, he has not been given the opportunity yet by his current club. One major problem is that Russian clubs usually deal with the whole of the money paid up front, where as European clubs in top leagues usually pay a percentage of the deal up front, and the rest is performance based.
With less than a week to go now until the end of the January transfer window, the chances that a deal will be agreed between the two clubs are getting slimmer by the day. Arsenal supporters along with Arsene Wenger are hoping that a deal can be struck between their club and Zenit, however, if the financial strain is too much for the club then they will have to look elsewhere and at other transfer targets. It is said that Zenit have proposed a reduced fee that is a compromise on their asking price and Arsenal’s initial offer. Despite this, the two clubs are still in ongoing discussions with regards to the transfer of Andrei Arshavin.