Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin has agreed personal terms with Arsenal according to reliable news source Life.RU.
The 27-year-old Russian hotshot has been linked with Arsenal for several months now with Ivan Gazidis looking to broker a potential £14 million pound deal.
Life.RU’s article states that newly-appointed chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been allowed to bumper Arsenal’s current bid up another 5 million euros.
Highly-rated frontman Arshavin visited London during his summer holiday’s last month, and told the Russian site about his short stay in the English capital.
“My hopes now rest with God. Apart from him, nobody can help me,” Arshavin said. “I see Arsenal as my team of the future. Everything now depends on Zenit. If they want to sell me, they can do it very quickly.”
“My intentions to leave the club have not changed since the summer,” Arshavin said. “It is obvious that in these times of [financial] crisis, no one will offer such a big amount.
“Zenit have to think realistically. I believe that Arsenal’s offer is much closer to my real value in the transfer market at the moment.”
Unsurprisingly, Arshavin conducted the opening phase of negotiations with Arsenal by himself. A personal contract was agreed, and Gunners representitives are still waiting for Zenit’s reply.
If St Petersberg do not accept Arsenal’s offer, Arshavin will pay a fee of compensation to his parent club next November.
Hopefully it won’t come to that though, with friends of the player suggesting a move will be completed in the next few days, rather than months.
Update: Zenit are now saying that they will look over Arsenal’s offer tomorrow, that’s according to Sky Sports News.