Senin, 27 Oktober 2008


Zenit St Petersburg playmaker Andrei Arshavin claims he has already made a final decision on his future as speculation mounts that Tottenham are launching a firm bid for his services.

The impish Russia international enjoyed a fantastic Euro 2008 when returning from suspension to inspire his team-mates and rubber-stamp his growing reputation.

After helping guide Zenit to the Uefa Cup, he is looking for a new challenge despite earning a substantial salary in his homeland.

Arshavin's priority has always been to join Barcelona, and he has even been photographed in the Catalan press in the famous red and blue stripes.

However, Barca will not meet Zenit's asking price and, after earlier links with Arsenal and Chelsea fizzled out, Spurs and Fiorentina are the latest names in the frame.

When asked directly about those two clubs, he told Sport Express ahead of the match with CSKA Moscow: "I have already taken a final decision. It only remains to finalise it with the club management.

"But, excuse me, I cannot yet [clarify the situation about my exit]."

Spurs have cash to spend after selling Robbie Keane to Liverpool and Arshavin would be an ideal replacement for the Republic of Ireland captain.

Arshavin's future has been one of the transfer sagas of the summer but it would appear as though the CSKA clash could be his last for Zenit with more developments expected before the weekend.


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