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Zenit Line Up £25m Move to Sign Arsenal & Man United Pair Within Next 24 Hours

Russian big spenders want Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford duo.

Manchester United winger Nani faces an anxious wait to discover whether he will join Zenit St Petersburg in a £25million deal before the Russian transfer window closes on Thursday.

Zenit are also hoping to bring Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin back to his homeland before their domestic transfer window shuts.

Arshavin is no longer part of Arsene Wenger’s future plans, and spent the second half of last season on loan back at Zenit, his first club.

Although the 31-year-old would still like to stay at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal may choose to cash in before his contract expires next year.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Zenit have just forked out £64m to bring in much sought after pair Hulk and Axel Witsel from FC Porto and Benfica respectively but it seems that the Russian big spenders are keen to further strengthen their squad ahead of a full on assault on the Champions League.

The reigning Russian Premier League title holders would appear to have more than enough quality to mount a successful campaign to retain their domestic title but now the St Petersburg based side wants to aim higher.

With former Roma boss Luciano Spalletti at the helm Zenit will look to lure Man United winger Nani to Russia with the promise of a big pay packet. The Portuguese international has played a bit part role thus far this season and ongoing contract talks have stalled and the arrival of Shinji Kagawa may similarly leave the 25 year old on an uncertain footing at the Old Trafford side.

However there seems little reason for Sir Alex Ferguson to sell the player now that the he would be unable to invest that money in new additions until January. Therefore a move to sign the former Sporting Lisbon man seems more likely to succeed when the Premier League transfer window re-opens.

Moves to bring in former favourite Andrei Arshavin would appear more likely to come to fruition in the next 24 hours. The Russian winger has been frozen out at the Emirates Stadium and though some speculation suggested that Arsenal would release the 31 year old on a free transfer, it would seem unlikely that the prudently run North London club would accept less than £5m for a player who cost them £15m to sign back in January 2009.

Arshavin returned to Zenit for a long spell last term and helped Spalletti’s side secure the domestic title and his experience could help in their pursuit of a good Champions League run.


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