Friday, January 30, 2009
Arshavin transfer is a done deal. Medical scheduled for the next two days
By 1970’s Gooner
As first reported on this site a long time ago when Arsenal put in an opening bid of £12m we can reveal that, contrary to what Arsene Wenger would like us to believe, the Arshavin deal is considered by the Russian media as already done.
In fact his medical has been arranged to take place in London in the next few days when the player is expected to join his new team mates.
Again contrary to what Wenger would have us believe the club is getting the papers ready for a work permit application to the Home office.
This has to be done in time for Arshavin to have a chance to play as soon as possible. It cannot yet be officially lodged as the signed transfer papers have to be part of the documents to be submitted.
It is reported that Arshavin has finally accepted to return half the amount of €5m he received from Zenit as his signing on fee for extending his contract with the club in 2006 for another four years.
It was agreed then that the player will return a part of that amount in accordance with the number of years he would have served of his four year contract.
The transfer fee appears to be £15m with Arshavin putting up the other £2.5m.
In the meantime Oleg Blochin, one of the all time top Russian forwards and now a coach, has predicted that Arshavin is not suited to English football and that he will struggle in the Premiership.
He considers him as too fragile and lacking the physical prowess to withstand the rigours of the English game. On the other hand he considers Tottenham’s Pavlichenco as the player that will do well in England as he is more strong and physical.
This remains to be seen however. We hope that Arsene knows best…