Deadline looms as doubts grow over Arshavin transfer
PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:51 07 September 2010
Arsenal have until 5pm on Monday to complete Andrei Arshavin s transfer from Zenit St Petersburg, or the deal is off until the summer - and maybe forever. It has been reported a price has been agreed with Zenit for the 27-year-old Russian attacker, but Ar
Arsenal have until 5pm on Monday to complete Andrei Arshavin's transfer from Zenit St Petersburg, or the deal is off until the summer - and maybe forever.
It has been reported a price has been agreed with Zenit for the 27-year-old Russian attacker, but Arsenal say that is not the case with the transfer window set to slam shut early next week.
"[That is] not true," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with a hint of resignation. "I believe that we are not close to concluding any transfer, Arshavin or anybody else.
"I don't know if it will happen frankly. Time is getting short..."
Arsenal's usual guarded stance over transfer talk is in stark contrast to the Russian club's open policy. Zenit maintain a price has been agreed "I am only responsible for the statements we make and I cannot be responsible for the statements that other clubs make," added Wenger.
"Zenit look to have different voices coming out of the club and I'm not sure if it always the official voice. I believe what I see and what I hear directly."
Arshavin is currently at a training camp in Dubai with Zenit general director Maxim Mitrofanov saying a price of £15million has been fixed.
However, he has blamed Arshavin's refusal to pay back half of a bonus he was awarded when he signed a new four-year contract in 2006 for stalling the transfer.
"I think that we are very close to a deal, we really want to sell him but I hope the player can forget about the huge sums of money and find a compromise," Mitrofanov was quoted as saying this week.
"Unfortunately the player has taken the position that he does not want to compromise with either club.
"We have written again to Arsenal and we understand their position. We really want to sell him but it is up to the player to make a step.