Russian hotshot Andrei Arshavin is reportedly interested in moving only to a top four club in the English Premiership. His agent has confirmed that the Zenit St. Petersburg striker shall make a move to a big European club possibly in January 2009.
Andrei Arshavin was a subject of transfer speculation all this summer with a number of European giants speculated to be on his hunt. Arshavin was linked with the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and even Tottenham Hotspur.
Towards the end of the summer transfer season, it was widely reported that north London side Spurs had nearly finalized the deal with the reigning Russian and UEFA Cup winners Zenit. But it has now emerged that no such deal has been in progress and that the player is actually looking to play for top four Premier League club.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, the player’s agent agent Dennis Lachte said:
“Andrei would like to play in the Premier League but he will not accept an offer from clubs like Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Aston Villa. There are only four British clubs he would play for and they are in the Champions League. It’s not about money, it’s about a team and professional ambition.”
“Zenit is negotiating with several clubs. We are now waiting for a phone call from Zenit president Alexander Dyukov to allow us to negotiate his personal terms with one of them. It’s most likely he will be heading for England.”
“It’s going to be a very big transfer. Zenit will definitely not accept an offer of less than 30 million euros (£23.8m). The club is owned by Gazprom, one of the biggest oil companies in the world, so they can afford not to sell him cheaply.”