Observe these quotes from agent Dennis Lachter about Arsenal’s move for Andrei Arshavin:
“Unfortunately in this matter there is no movement. The sticking point is, of course, money and rather the totally unacceptable amount of Zenit’s demands for Andrei. The position of the club remains unchanged and that is the reality that we have faced for a long time.”
“If the situation remains unchanged we will use Article 17 of the Fifa rules and buy out the contract of Andrei at the club, which could happen as early as November this year. In that situation, Zenit would have to be satisfied with a much smaller amount than they are offered by representatives of Arsenal.
“If Andrei becomes a free agent, he will get many proposals, from England, Italy and Spain.”
And these quotes from Zenit St Petersburg general director Maxim Mitrofanov:
“The situation has not changed since Friday, which means Arsenal would like to pay only £12m, not one cent more. And we, at Zenit, are ready to discuss with them about maybe a better offer from our side. We are ready to make a step forward to them, but they should do the same.”
“However, I have told the people from Arsenal we are ready to discuss a lot of things to make the situation easier for them. They have a deadline, as I understand, until 26th January, because after that, they should have some time to get another player and I respect this position.”
A bit annoying, isn’t it?
In a different situation I would value Andrei Arshavin at around £15 million. However his desperate desire to leave means that this valuation should drop to something around the £12 million that Arsenal are offering. Much as it may frustrate Arsenal fans at this stage I don’t see any reason why our club should up their offer, especially considering the threats that Dennis Lachter has made about Arshavin buying his contract out.
So what happens next? Well, put simply, one of three things. Either Zenit budge and Arsenal get the player for £12 million, Arsenal budge and Zenit sell the player for more than £12 million, or no-one budges and Arshavin remains a Zenit player until the summer. Either way, it’s extremely frustrating.
Fingers crossed it all works out. But I won’t be holding my breath.
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