Pavlyuchenko's move to Roma hits the buffers as Italians refuse cash deal

03 December 2009 12:19
Out of favour: Pavlyuchenko

Roma's bid to sign Roman Pavlyuchenko has hit a stalemate over the Italian club's unwillingness to do a straight cash deal for the Russia striker.

The Italians want to strike a loan-swap with Tottenham, with former Arsenal player Julio Baptista, the Brazil midfielder, heading to White Hart Lane for the second half of the season.

However, neither Spurs nor Pavlyuchenko are keen on a loan deal.

In any case, the 27-year-old is wary of moving to a new country because of the difficulties in adapting to yet another culture and foreign language.

The former Spartak Moscow striker has struggled to learn English and fit in to the White Hart Lane dressing room.

Spurs are holding out for at least £15million for a player they signed for £13.8m after Euro 2008.

There is plenty of interest in taking the player back to Russia, which suits Pavlyuchenko and his wife Larissa, though Spurs may have to lower their demands.

  Zenit St Petersburg have shown the most interest are are ready to offer around £10m once Italian coach Luciano Spalletti is confirmed as their new manager.

Lokomotiv Moscow have confirmed their interest, while Spartak boss Valery Karpin is ready to resume talks over a player he tried to sign in August.

'There was an opportunity to bring Pavlyuchenko back in the summer,' said Karpin. 'It didn't happen. Let's see what the conditions would be if we open talks now.' 

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Source: Daily_Mail