Friday, August 1, 2008

Arsenal To Lose Arshavin

Zenit St Petersburg have revealed that they expect Russian International Andrei Arshavin to join Tottenham Hotspur within five days.

Spurs have been linked with a move for 27-year-old Arshavin since the Russian starred at EURO 2008, with Zenit now inviting Tottenham to make an offer upwards of £20million (€25.4m) to bring the talented forward to White Hart Lane.

Arshavin’s agent Dennis Lachter confirmed on Wednesday that Arshavin had chosen to join Spurs, despite interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and La Liga giants Barcelona, also revealing that the North London club had made an approach for Arshavin.

However, Spurs are reluctant to pay the Zenit asking price, even though the £20million sale to Liverpool of Robbie Keane means Tottenham manager Juande Ramos has the funds available to bring Arshavin to the Premier League.

Zenit spokesman Konstantin Sarsaniya has now revealed that talks with Spurs are ongoing and that the deal could be concluded in the next five days.

Sarsaniya told “We have certain contacts with Tottenham, but when they will conclude, I still do not know.

“Maybe within five days, maybe sooner, maybe later.

“Tottenham have an interest in the player, and I understand that the player has an interest in the club to.”

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