Arsenal Transfer News: Arshavin Likely to Move to Turkey; No Offer From Arsenal for Lloris, M'Vila

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Jul 04, 2012 02:55 AM EDT
Andrey Arshavin
Andrey Arshavin is interesting former club Zenit St Petersburg"


Andrey Arshavin's time at Arsenal seems to have come to an end after his agent claimed the Gunners were looking to sell the Russian veteran.

Arshavin had a great start to Euro 2012, starring in their impressive opening win, but faded in the final match. The 31-year-old played a bit-part role for Arsenal in the first-half of last season, leading to him being loaned to former club Zenit St Petersburg.

Arshavin found his form and desire at Zenit, helping them to the Russian league title. However, with the signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud and the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gervinho already ahead in the pecking order, Arshavin's chances of finding first-team soccer at the Emirates have reduced further.

His agent, Dennis Lakhter, admitted as much and said his client had received plenty of offers. It is, however, unlikely Arshavin will move back to Zenit, after his angry reaction to fans' criticism was not taken too well by the Zenit president.

"Arsenal will do everything to get rid of Arshavin," Lakhter told Radyospor.

"Just look at how many new players Wenger has bought for the attacking line."

"Why should the team keep a man, who gets a serious salary, but only spends from 10 to 15 minutes on the pitch from time to time?

"It'll be even more difficult to sell him later. For now Arshavin's past achievements are still remembered and he somehow managed to come up with three assists at Euro 2012."

Lakhter hinted a move to Turkey would be most likely for the Russian, who has already rejected a move to Russian moneybags Anzhi Makhachkala.

"Next year, he could continue his career in Turkey. I know that two clubs in Turkey are seriously interested in Arshavin.

"There also some offers from the MLS, but Arshavin does not want to go to America. He also rejected an offer from Anzhi.

"There can also be options in the Gulf -- Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates,"

"Although, knowing Andrey's ambition and his high opinion of himself, one can assume that he won't go in this direction."

"The most important thing for Andrey now is to go somewhere where he'll be paid well."

Meanwhile, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said he had not received any bids from Arsenal for highly-rated goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Arsenal were linked with a move for the French international after Aulas admitted he would be ready to listen to offers at the right price.

"Lloris told me that he would like to leave if he has an opportunity to play for one of the five biggest European sides," the Aulas told Lyon's official website.

"If any of these teams make an offer meeting his market value, €20 million, he will be allowed to leave. For now, though, I have not received any offers, neither from Arsenal nor from elsewhere."

Another reported Arsenal target Yann M'Vila's club Rennes also said they have not received any concrete bids for their star player.

"There is interest in Yann M'Vila, but no concrete offers. It is early in the window, we will wait for offers to arrive," Rennes general manager Pierre Dreossi told French Radio station RMC.



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