Arsenal Transfer News: Galatasaray To Table €14m Arshavin Bid
According to reports, Turkish club Galatasaray have had a bid rejected for Arsenal‘s Andrey Arshavin already, and intend to return with another offer over the coming days. It is thought that the renewed bid will be in the region of 14 million Euros.
Russian publication Life Sports says that they have been in contact with the player’s agent, and that Galatasaray coach Faith Terim has identified Arshavin as the attacking midfielder that can take them back to the summit of the Turkish League. Arsenal have apparently already rebuffed one bid for the Russian enigma, and the next bid is set to tempt them further.
The fee will be approximately 14 million Euros, with Arshavin getting a lucrative contract worth 9 million Euros for three years.
Arshavin has also been linked with a return to previous employers Zenit St. Petersburg for a fee in the region of 10 million Euros, but those rumours were also dismissed as just hearsay. The player has expressed a desire to see out the last year of his current contract at Ashburton Grove and said that Arsene Wenger sees him in Arsenal’s plans for next season.
Galatasaray suffered one of the worst seasons of their 100 year existence as a club last year, where they finished eighth and failed to qualify for any European competition. To avoid any further ignominy, the Turkish side’s boss, Faith Terim, has been very aggressive in the transfer market so far to replace the lacklustre talent he has at his disposal currently. The club have been linked with all and sundry, including Chelsea star-striker Didier Drogba and other notable stars.
They attempted a triple raid on Spanish club Atletico earlier on in the summer, opening negotiations for the triumvirate of Diego Forlan, Jose Antonio Reyes and Tomas Ujfalusi. While Forlan reiterated his wish to remain at the Vicente Calderon, Ujfalusi seemed keen on a move to Turkey.
Arshavin was practically an ever-present in Wenger’s side last term, but still faced criticism from many sections of fans and the media for inconsistencies in his performances. Nonetheless, he contributed a decent 10 goals in all competitions and a bucketload of assists as well. He is also one of the most experienced players at the club and losing him would be a major blow to the North Londoners, who are already facing speculations as to the futures of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy.
It remains to be seen whether Galatasaray can force Arsenal’s hand with a substantial bid, or if Arshavin will continue donning red and white next season.