Russian club prepared to meet for showdown talk over striker’s move to Tottenham: Will Juande ever get his man?

Tottenham transfer target, Andrei Arshavin, has been on Juande Ramos’ list for some time now. Ever since the Russian striker made a splash at Euro 2008, the current Zenit man has been in a furious battle with his current club to let him leave for the Premier League this summer. After going at it in the papers for the past month, Arshavin appears to be getting what he’s been asking for all along: a showdown meeting with Zenit’s president.

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Zenit St Petersburg president Alexander Dukov will meet the agent of Andrei Arshavin in Madrid in a bid to crack the final stage of the Russian striker’s move to White Hart Lane.

Arshavin is keen to move as soon as possible but Zenit have dragged their heels, to the fury of Spurs, who are threatening to look elsewhere.

Bankrolled by Dukov’s millions, Zenit are in mid-season and do not need the money so they do not share the urgency of Tottenham or Arshavin, who has already rejected the offer of a new five-year deal from the Russian champions worth £75,000-a-week after tax. (Daily Mail)

Arshavin could be in for the biggest battle of his life against his current employer. It appears the club doesn’t need the money from Tottenham, so that takes away the bribe factor. It also looks like they have no reservations of giving their star striker away for anything less than top dollar. After Spurs’ recent move for David Bentley, you have to wonder if the club still has the funds to splash out for a striker of Arshavin’s quality. With Berbatov and Bent still at the club, do Tottenham supporters still consider the Russian striker a top priority before the transfer deadline?

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