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Zenit blame delay on Arshavin

Zenit blame delay on Arshavin

A statement on the Zenit St Peterburg's official website suggests that it is Arshavin's wage demands holding up the transfer of the player to Arsenal.

The site claims that terms between the two clubs and the 'market value' of the player has been agreed but that the main obstacle to the deal were the personal demands of Arshavin and that Arsenal would only meet those demands if the transfer fee were further reduced.

Zenit have stated "Andrei Arshavin did not intend to go to reduce the demands on the personal contract, and thus hinders the negotiation process, calling into question all the agreements reached between the clubs"

It also publicly offers a solution pointing out that Arshavin was paid a signing on fee by Zenit in 2006 of 5 million euros for a 4 year contract. If he were to repay half of this fee 2.5m euros, the club proposes, it would be used to reduce the transfer fee.

The fact that Zenit are willing to make such details of the negotiations public suggests that sentiments between the player, club and agents aren't on the most fraternal basis. It would seem to be intended to put pressure on the player to break an impasse that has been reached.

Football transfers seem a sordid and often mercenary business. Maybe it has always been that way but such public pronouncements make it seem more so than ever.

For a link to the translated Zenit site, click here.



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Writer:Amos
Date:Monday January 26 2009
Time: 10:19PM

Comments

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In other words, 23 percent of us are fools?
Tom14
26/01/2009 22:30:00
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Hi guys, not been on here for a while, working abroad etc and just reading some of your comments. Now you call mock me or believe me but I have spoken on the phone tonight to Andrei Arshavins agent Dennis Lachter. He assures me that it is Zenit and NOT AA who is the obstacle here. I know he probably would say that but he said that the statement on Zenits website about the fee being agreed were 'Bull*****' - his exact words. He said they are being greedy but wouldnt go into too much detail but says they are trying to make it look as if Arshavin was being greedy over personal terms. He didnt tell me a great deal - why would he, i told him i was from an unofficial AFC magazine. He said that Arshavin was desperate to come here but his club are still being unreasonable. I know what you are probably thinking, how did i get his number, why would he talk to a total stranger etc but its true. Whether he was feeding me a whole load of bull*****, who knows. Just repeating what he said.
MrArsenal
26/01/2009 22:30:00
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I talked personally with Andrei Arshavin, and he assures me that it is in fact Arsenal FC's fault that the transfer has not gone through. It was difficult to get a hold of him, and my Russian is a bit rusty, but I am completely trustworthy. I promise.
TPowell
26/01/2009 22:40:00
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Right lads, dig deep. I've got a packet of Trident gum for Arsene to use for bargaining.
saisho
26/01/2009 22:41:00
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I've got a rare Hulk comic which I could sell.
Professor Calculus
26/01/2009 23:18:00
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I've got a one-legged spiderman who I am pretty sure is gay!!
Rocky7
27/01/2009 00:23:00
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I'm not gay.
Tom14
27/01/2009 00:56:00
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I've got some OECD publications, a dodgy right knee, some dental floss and local newspaper dated 11/12/08.
G4L
27/01/2009 01:45:00
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This is just Zenit's last pathetic attempt to save face. Blame Arshavin. And of course all the negative Arsenal blogs I won't dignify by naming will blame Wenger/the Board/crop circles/whatever if it falls through. I actually read one today that said it was all a conspiracy- we never had any intention of signing him, we just put up a charade (and somehow convinced Zenit, Arshavin, and his agent to be complicit) so fans would think we tried. Paranoid or what? I've had it with the blogs- I'll stick with the official site, the non-rumour-mongering Soccernet, and this site so I can enjoy the wisdom of LD and the one-line non sequiturs of Tom14.
elbondo
27/01/2009 03:00:00
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my mates wife is willing to exchange herself for the lad. does not want any extra cash just a straight swop. Agree with you elbondo
alwaysgunner
27/01/2009 04:56:00
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