From our sources in Russia it appears as the deal to bring Andrey Arshavin to Arsenal has hit a wall over the transfer fee with both clubs refusing to back down over the price.
“Veniamin” Our inside man in Galernaya who works for Melodia Channel has told www.goonerforum.com that Arsenal made a 3rd offer on Sunday night,£13.5m plus a few performance add on bonus (if Arsenal win the league/Champions league within the next 3 years) that will take the overall Arsenal package to a total of £15m. This was rejected by Zenit as they want £16m plus all agents fees to be payed which would take the deal close to £19m.
However Zenit had told Arsenal that they would accept the Arsenal package “IF” they paid the agents fee of around £3m. Arsenal have so far refused to accept this and have basically said to Zenit, that’s was our final offer, “Take it or leave it”
Zenit have called Arsenals bluff and pulled the plug on talks and the Russian club are now in talks with 2 unnamed clubs. However they have made it clear to Arsenal they the door is open for them to come back in with more to the table and want this deal to be done ASAP!
With regards to the player. Well Arshavin had his heart on a move to Arsenal and was prepared to accept a wage cut to come to the club, However he has become frustrated that Arsenal are unwilling to pay the asking price for him and has now told his agent that he is willing to go to any club who are willing to pay the asking price as he is desperate to leave Zenit.
We will keep you updated