The protracted transfer of Andrei Arshavin has hit another reported twist as the playmaker is said to have asked for higher wages.
It is thought Andrei Arshavin is to be facing making a compensation payment of about £3m to Zenit to smooth his departure and is looking to recoup that money by asking for higher wages. The player is currently Russia’s highest paid player earning around $5.3 million a year (£90,ooo per week).
“A fundamental agreement over the fee in the transfer of the player has been reached between the clubs, subject to a medical,” said Zenit. “But, at the moment, the basic obstacle preventing the transfer going through are Andrei Arshavin’s personal terms. The player and his agent have made it clear to Arsenal that they will require a higher wage, which the management at Arsenal are not prepared to pay. At the moment, Arsenal will only satisfy those demands at a lower transfer fee. This puts the whole deal in doubt.”
It seems a press conference at 2pm will clear matters up, whether this is in fact just paper talk (which seems so fortunately) and is likely that he will sign for the Gunners.