Zenit boss Advocaat admits Andrei Arshavin's move to Arsenal is almost a done deal
19 January 2009 02:13
Andrei Arshavin is set to join Arsenal
Andrei Arshavin's transfer to Arsenal is almost a done deal, Zenit St Petersburg boss Dick Advocaat has confirmed.
Arshavin held talks on Sunday with Advocaat and Zenit president Alexander Dyukov and was told the club are ready to accept an improved offer from the Gunners.
Arsenal's opening bid may have been as low as£8million, but Sportsmail understands they are prepared to go as high as£15m.
'Negotiations with Arsenal continue and the chances are very high that Arshavin will soon play in the English Premier League,' said Dutchman Advocaat.
Representatives of Arsenal are expected to meet Zenit officials on Tuesday to hammer out final details of the agreement.
Arshavin, meanwhile, stepped back from his threat to go on strike if he was not allowed to leave Zenit. He flew to Dubai on a pre-season tour for the Russian club.
Unless there is a last minute hitch, it is expected he will fly from Dubai to London later this week to join up with his new team-mates.
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