According to a report in the Russian press, Andrei Arshavin is a target for Turkish giants Galatasaray after the winger’s recent controversial comments (following his country’s exit at Euro 2012) angered the owner of Zenit St Petersburg.
Life Sports claim that the 31-year-old was contacted by Galatasaray officials while on international duty in Poland and the Ukraine and a two-year offer worth around €6 million in wages has been tabled.
Arsenal are certainly unlikely to stand in the way of any such move should the Turkish Super Lig champions come up with a suitable bid.
Of course, on paper you can’t help but think Zenit are still favourites to make Arshavin’s February loan move permanent – discussions on the matter are bound to have been touched upon at the time. Either way, a second interested party can only work in the favour of Ivan Gazidis who’ll be looking to recoup a large chunk of the big money fee paid in 2009.
Should Arshavin move to Turkey it raises the rather comical prospect of the tubby Russian lining up alongside Emmanuel Eboue again…not something that bodes well for Galatasaray should they want to retain their title.
Thanks to @RYO_cleverfish for the heads up.