Zenit are just 'barbaric' says Arshavin agent, as Arsenal deal hangs in the balance
21 January 2009 11:28
Desperate to go: Andrei Arshavin
He said: 'The figure he is giving is true, but it's not the whole truth. The offer also provided for extraordinary bonuses which Zenit would quite realistically get if Arshavin played a certain number of games or Arsenal won a trophy.
'But here we deal with their barbaric attitude. If you do not stay with us, you are not going to play for anyone else. Unfortunately, they are in the position to behave like this. They claimed Arsenal negotiators were coming to St Petersburg but it's not true. There are no negotiations at all at the moment.'
Despite threats to boycott Zenit's pre-season training camp in Dubai and go on strike, Arshavin has travelled with the squad because he wants to be fit in case the two clubs reach an agreement.
Lachter added: 'We decided that he should go but he went for his own sake, not the team. He won't play in their friendlies in the UAE. Also, if he didn't go they would fine him and he doesn't need that.'
Zenit are holding out for£20m but Arshavin yesterday pleaded with the club to let him go. The 27-year-old said: 'Zenit have to think realistically. I believe Arsenal's offer is much closer to my real value.'
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