Arsene Wenger moves closer to offloading four first teamers.
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Andrey Arshavin transfer talks re-opened between Arsenal and Zenit
Zenit St. Petersburg have opened informal talks with Arsenal over re-signing Andrey Arshavin, as the forward continues to impress at Euro 2012.
Arshavin is all but certain to quit Arsenal this summer, having fallen out-of-favour with Arsene Wenger after asking to return to Zenit on loan last January.
Zenit value Arshavin at around £5 million, but Arsenal want to recoup a decent amount of the £15 million they handed over in January 2008, and have asked for closer to £8 million.
Andrei Arhsavin appears to have greatly benefited from his loan spell back at Zenit after a poor 18 month period at Arsenal when nothing appeared to work for the Russian international. The 30 year old helped his former side to clinch the Russian Premier League title and has taken that form into Euro 2012 with an excellent display against the Czech Republic that may leave Arsene Wenger pondering his next move.
The Gunners boss may well elect to offload the winger given he has the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho and Ryo Miyaichi to turn to but clearly he will only sell if the price is one he feels is a fair one for a player who is still the North London club’s most expensive signing.
The sale of Arshavin could help to boost funds for further additions but if the Arsenal man puts in a couple more mesmerizing displays during the tournament then either he will be welcomed back into the fold or at the very least add a few more million to his valuation.