Andrei Arshavin, is still on the lookout for a new club after two spectacular performances at this year’s Euro 2008, which have won him interest from various clubs including Barcelona, Arsenal and now Chelsea.
Arshavin is interested in a move to Barcelona, the club he’s been a fan of since he was a child, but new reports suggest Chelsea have now entered the race for the player, and rightly so.
I said in one of my previous posts that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, being Russian, should bring in at least one of his talented compatriots, who were exposed to Euro 2008. Recent reports suggest that Abramovich told coach Luiz Felipe Scolari that he must include at least one Russian player in his plans. So what are Scolari’s options? Yuri Zhirkov (defender), Konstantin Zyryanov (midfielder), Roman Pavlyuchenko (striker) and Andrei Arshavin (striker), all of whom were named in the 23 man, Team of the Tournament at Euro 2008.
Zenit has made it clear that they have no plans to sell Arshavin, and that they sit down with the player and his agent to determine his intentions. Maybe they think Arshavin wants more money, but really I believe the player wants to show his talent abroad, he has been saying that for weeks now.
Barcelona could very well lose Arshavin to Chelsea as time is running out, with the vote of no confidence against Joan Laporta, current Barcelona club president, and his board taking place on July 6. Barca are believed to have made one last offer ahead of that date in hopes of signing the player. If Laporta is removed from his post, new elections will take place, transfer activity will cease and Chelsea could very well get their man.