Fast Track To Arshavin
Filed Under: Sports | Posted: 08/20/2008 at 1:30PM
Comments | Region: Spain
Zenit St. Petersburg officially stated that their negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur over Euro2008 revelation Andrei Arshavin.
This leaves the door wide open for Barcelona to come in and swipe the player, but there is very little time. Zenit mentioned that any interested club s will have until August 31st to make an offer. Then there is the question of the high transfer fee that they are asking for and fighting over Arshavin about. The player has publicly stated that he would like to see that number lowered in order to ease any transcations, but that seems hard to do.
¨This case is closed, but we are still open to future offers,¨ said the Russian club´s public relations officer Alexei Bilinov in a press conference. The official mentioned that the Tottenham did not place an offer for the Russian international by the August 18 deadline. For Spurs boss Juande Ramos it was a second chance at getting a talent that he passed on a few years earlier when the Russian was training with Sevilla. At that point in time he decided on taking fellow countryman Alexandr Kerzhakov.
Arshavin’s season was silent on an individual basis, even though Zenit won the UEFA Cup, but it was his performance in two matches of Euro2008 that sparked the demand for him throughout the continent. His goals against Sweden and the Netherlands left the fans in awe of what he could offer.
Now he could be ready to make the dream transfer as one of his childhood idols, Josep Guardiola, wants him to play on the side that Arshavin grew up admiring.