Will Juande Ramos take the bait and heed the advice of the Zenit manager and put in a more ‘suitable’ bid for this Russian ace?
ANDREI ARSHAVIN has revealed his desperation to push through his big-money move to Tottenham.
The Russian ace is wanted by Juande Ramos but Spurs have so far failed with their £16million bid.
Zenit St Petersburg are holding out for more and claim the forward is worth as much as Robbie Keane, who left White Hart Lane to join Liverpool in a £20m deal.
But Arshavin, 27, has now admitted he hopes to force his club into accepting Tottenham’s offer.
He said: “This price tag has frightened everybody off.
“Only Tottenham have dared continue negotiations. But as it stands nothing has developed.
“My desire to leave is still as strong but there is nothing more to do now other than hope for a miracle.
“I understand perfectly well that if I don’t move on now, I probably never will.
“I’m just hoping that one fine morning the bosses will wake up in a good mood and say ’we’ve had enough of Arshavin’s whining — let’s let him go’.”
He added: “When Tottenham made their offer I was sceptical at first.
“But after Ramos called me personally and told me that they were selling Robbie Keane and that he wanted me in his side, the situation changed.
“When a coach shows an interest in you, especially such a renowned and strong coach, then that is already half of the success of any move.
“I also like the way Tottenham play, so I agreed in principle to join. A short while later a representative from Spurs arrived to discuss my personal terms and contract.
“The discussion didn’t take long and we agreed on everything quickly. Only then did my asking price go up.
“Tottenham have a decent squad with Luka Modric, Dimitar Berbatov and other players, and the club is fully capable of fighting for a place in the Champions League.
“The main thing is to try my strengths in a league like the English Premier League and play against the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal on a regular basis rather than once every five years.”
Zenit coach Dick Advocaat is confident that Tottenham will return with an improved offer.
The Dutchman said: “I am sure Tottenham will be back to make another, more suitable offer for Arshavin’s transfer.
“There is no set time period or deadline for this. Zenit are doing everything in the correct way.
“If Tottenham can sell Robbie Keane to Liverpool for £20m, then they should pay good money for Arshavin.” (The Sun)
Andrei seems very keen indeed to come to Tottenham and his comments are strangely very comical for a man really gagging to be allowed to flee Zenit. Dick Advocaat seems also pretty confident that Daniel Levy will come back with a bigger offer for the Russian ace, but will he? Having spent a great deal this summer already and seen his side have a mighty impressive pre-season, culminating in a scintillating 5-0 win yesterday against Roma, maybe Juande Ramos will be thinking that the signing isn’t that necessary after all? Do Spurs fans still want to see AA at the club come the end of the month?