Date: 26th January 2009 at 10:20pm
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A statement on the Zenit St Peterburg’s official website suggests that it is Arshavin’s wage demands holding up the transfer of the player to Arsenal.

The site claims that terms between the two clubs and the ‘market value’ of the player has been agreed but that the main obstacle to the deal were the personal demands of Arshavin and that Arsenal would only meet those demands if the transfer fee were further reduced.

Zenit have stated “Andrei Arshavin did not intend to go to reduce the demands on the personal contract, and thus hinders the negotiation process, calling into question all the agreements reached between the clubs”

It also publicly offers a solution pointing out that Arshavin was paid a signing on fee by Zenit in 2006 of 5 million euros for a 4 year contract. If he were to repay half of this fee 2.5m euros, the club proposes, it would be used to reduce the transfer fee.

The fact that Zenit are willing to make such details of the negotiations public suggests that sentiments between the player, club and agents aren’t on the most fraternal basis. It would seem to be intended to put pressure on the player to break an impasse that has been reached.

Football transfers seem a sordid and often mercenary business. Maybe it has always been that way but such public pronouncements make it seem more so than ever.

For a link to the translated Zenit site, click here.



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