Any chance of Tottenham signing Russian striker Andrei Arshavin might be dead in the water — especially after their potential transfer target decided to go on strike in protest of Zenit’s £27m valuation. Well that’s not that’s not the best way to endear himself to his current employer!
Andrei Arshavin might have been one of the fleeting stars of Euro 2008, but the 27-year-old declared himself on strike yesterday and refused to play in a cup tie for Zenit St Petersburg in a simmering dispute which appears to have left Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of signing him in tatters.
Tottenham had been hopeful that a meeting between the Zenit president, Alexander Dyukov, and the player’s representative Dennis Lachter this week might have forged a breakthrough in a stand-off over the Russian club’s £27m demand for Arshavin. But Dyukov cancelled the meeting and, with the club unwilling to give any ground, the player has withdrawn his services. Lachter said last night that the prospects of him leaving the Uefa Cup holders for White Hart Lane were now “very, very weak”. (The Independent)
Very, very weak is not the kind of comment you want to hear from Arshavin’s representative. With the star striker currently throwing a full-blown temper tantrum, Zenit have all but closed the books on any potential negotiations, with Zenit president Alexander Dyukov adding the final dagger by canceling a future meeting with Tottenham.
What do Tottenham supporters think about this whole saga? Is it worth the money and time to keep pursuing Arshavin? Or should the club just take this as a sign and move on in their attempt to sign David Villa?