Several sources are reporting that Zenit St Petersburg have finally moved to end this protracted transfer saga when it became clear yesterday that Manchester City were not interested in making an offer for the player.
The sources are indicating that the official offer of £15 million will be payable in instalments, and this now opens the door for the player to negotiate personal terms. The noise coming from the Arshavin camp is that he will accept a pay cut in order to come to the Gunners.
This is the first deal to be tied up by the new Ivan Gazidis/Wenger partnership
THE PLAYER WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
due to regulations that state:
17.18 One player from the above quota of three who has played UEFA club competition matches for another competing club in the current season may exceptionally be registered, provided that the player has not been fielded:
? in the same competition for another club
? for another club that is currently in the same competition.
Furthermore, if the player’s new club is playing in the UEFA Cup, his former club must not have played in the UEFA Cup at any point in the current season.
I for one hope that we get official confirmation of this deal soon from Arsenal Football Club, so that we can move on. We await further news with baited breath...not!
Fabregas the King.
*** BREAKING NEWS UPDATE***
1600 :RENTV NEWS in Russia have just announced the deal agreed between Arsenal and Zenit as Urgent Sports News and say that the player will complete the transfer next week
Further updates to follow...
*** BREAKING NEWS UPDATE***
1626: Radio Zenit in Russia have poured cold water on the reports that the Arshavin deal is concluded. The Zenit Board are not united and talks upon the "Add ons" are continuing
***Breaking News Update***
Further updates to follow
22:18 TALKS TO RESUME TOMORROW reported in Utro.ru
Zenit failed to agree on the terms "Arsenal" on sale Arshavina
| 22:18:12 RIA Novosti | 22:18:12
The proposed British club offer does not suit leadership "Zenit", however, the negotiating process is continuing.
Further updates to follow.
***BREAKING NEWS UPDATE***
26/12009 Negotiations on the transfer Arshavina continuing
Negotiations between FC «Zenit» and London «Arsenal» on the transfer of Andrei Arshavina continuing. Between the clubs reached agreement in principle to move the player on terms ustraivayuschih both sides and the actual market value of a football player.
At the moment, the main obstacle in the implementation of the deal were personal requirements Andrew Arshavina. . The player and his agent asked the London club paid to guide «Arsenal» not ready to pay a football player and currently «Arsenal» agrees to comply with the requirements of the player only by reducing his transfer value.
In turn, Andrei Arshavin did not intend to go to reduce the demands on the personal contract, and thus hinders the negotiation process, calling into question all the agreements reached between the clubs.
FC «Zenit» waives its willingness to sell the player, and continues to negotiate, offering another way out of this situation. One possible option for reducing the transfer price Arshavina could be paid compensation for a player rastorgnuty 4-year contract. As in 2006, when signing a contract with FC «Zenit» at the request of the player he was paid one-subscription payment for long-term rate of 5 million euros, in the early termination of the contract Andrei Arshavin can return the club half the amount (2.5 million euros) and it will be credited to the player's transfer value.
***BREAKING NEWS UPDATE 09:30 30/1/2009***
ARSHAVIN TO SEAL DEAL HIMSELF
MOSCOW, January 30 (RIA Novosti) - Andrei Arshavin is ready to pay back Zenit St. Petersburg half of a $5 million bonus he received for signing a 4-year contract in 2006 to ensure his move to Arsenal goes ahead, Sovetski Sport said Friday.
The paper cited sources "close to the player." It is understood that the money would be added to the 15 million pounds [$21.5 million] that Arsenal have offered for the 27-year-old St. Petersburg native.
"The contract has only been half fulfilled, and therefore it is logical that he should return half of the sum to Zenit," the club's general director, Maxim Mitrofanov, told the paper on Wednesday.
Mitrofanov also earlier suggested that Arshavin should drop his wage demands in order to help the deal go through.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday evening that the Arshavin deal was "90% completed."
"The deal is maybe 90 per cent completed. However, the final 10 per cent of any deal can be the most difficult," he told journalists after Arsenal had drawn 1-1 with Everton.
Arshavin emerged from the shadows of Russian soccer last summer after unexpectedly leading the national side to the semi-finals of Euro 2008. He immediately became a transfer target for a number of clubs, including Spanish giants Barcelona, but Gazprom-controlled Zenit turned down bids in the region of $30 million as "too low."
Arshavin then threatened to go on strike if he was not sold in the winter transfer window. This, coupled with the global financial crisis, saw Zenit drop their price for the forward.
***BREAKING NEWS**** 30/1/2009
Sky Sports announce at 12:17 that Arshavin has been granted a work permit
and on Arsenal TV online Wenger is said that if ARshavin signs it must be done before 3pm tomorrow!
***BREAKING NEWS*** 31/1/2009
SkySports announce 0:700 Arshavin is in the air on route to heathrow airport!