Gunner join Arsenal: Zenit agree£15m fee for Arshavin

26 January 2009 11:30
London-bound: Arshavin will sign for Arsenal, ending one of the most protracted transfer sagas in recent history   More... Arsenal close to reaching an agreement with Zenit for Arshavin in£15m deal Ten things you need to know about Arsenal target Andrei Arshavin Ex-Arsenal and England doctor Crane dies Cardiff deserved an FA Cup replay, admits relieved Arsenal boss Wenger ARSENAL FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB Zenit said in a statement: 'Negotiations between Zenit and Arsenal on the transfer of Andrei Arshavin are continuing. 'The clubs have reached an agreement in principle on terms that both sides feel reflect the market value of the player. 'At the moment, the main obstacle in the implementation of the deal are the personal requirements of Andrei Arshavin. Open arms: Wenger will use the cultured Arshavin as the catalyst for Arsenal's attack 'Andrei Arshavin does not intend to reduce the demands of his personal contract, thus hindering the negotiation process and calling into question all the agreements reached between the clubs.' From Russia with love: Arshavin won the UEFA Cup last year with Zenit, and will hope to add to his trophy cabinet at the Emirates There were claims that Arshavin was seeking close to£110,000 a week - about double his current wages - but his agent Dennis Lachter refused to comment. It is unlikely that Arsenal and the player would be so far apart as Lachter has been sanctioned by the Zenit to talk directly to clubs since the Russian season finished in November. The Euro 2008 star is desperate to test himself at a higher level and is aware that no other club have made an acceptable offer for his services this month. Earlier this month he told Sportsmail he hoped the clubs would reach an agreement and, while waiting for a decision this week, he indicated that Zenit's valuation was the only barrier to a move. 'I'm waiting for a final decision,' he said. 'The talks don't depend on me. I haven't been in touch with the club management, so I haven't heard a clear "yes" or "no" yet.' Arshavin is set to leave Zenit's training camp in Dubai en route to London, though may have to return to Russia first to secure a visa. He played no part in a friendly on Saturday against the Uzbekistan national team and Zenit coach Dick Advocaat last night suggested that his departure was imminent. Imminent departure: Advocaat 'I think there will be news on Tuesday,' said the former Rangers boss. 'I am constantly in touch with (club general director) Maxim Mitrofanov and I look forward to the latest news.' Arsenal refused to comment.   More... Arsenal close to reaching an agreement with Zenit for Arshavin in£15m deal Ten things you need to know about Arsenal target Andrei Arshavin Ex-Arsenal and England doctor Crane dies Cardiff deserved an FA Cup replay, admits relieved Arsenal boss Wenger ARSENAL FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB  

Source: Daily_Mail