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Operation Arshavin

After struggling offensively against the likes of Juventus and Almería in recent games, Real Madrid have made it priority number one to recruit a creative, attacking player during the winter transfer market.
Zenit St Petersburg forward Andrei Arshavin has popped up at the very top of the Bernabéu hierarchy’s Christmas list after the 27-year-old publicly declared last week that he no longer wishes to remain on Zenit’s payroll in 2009.
“Next year, I do not want to play here and I will not be playing here. If I remain at Zenit after the winter trade period, I will only be a Zenit player on paper,” he revealed bluntly to Russian newspaper Sport-Express.
The announcement was quickly picked up by Madrid’s sporting department, who in turn immediately informed president Ramón Calderón of his availability.
According to DiarioAS, Los Merengues are considering bringing Arshavin to the Bernabéu on loan until 30 June 2009, before exercising their option to purchase him outright for a fee of around €30 million.
AS has also reported that a representative at Zenit, Alexei Petrov, has given the green light to any potential suitors to start tabling their bids.
“In January, we will not negotiate through any of Arshavin’s agents. Instead, we will deal directly with the clubs who are interested in him,” affirmed Petrov.
Even the Russian outfit’s coach, Dick Advocaat, is already resigned to losing his star player: “It is necessary to allow Arshavin the opportunity to move on.

“We have had some good moments together but it is now time to go our separate ways. It is best for both the player and the club if he can sign for one of Europe’s great teams.”
The only issue for Madrid, should they eventually acquire Arshavin, is that he will be cup-tied for the rest of this season’s games in European competition. But with Los Blancos set to welcome Zenit to the Spanish capital on December 10 for the final group game of the Champions League, the Madrid board could be presented with the perfect opportunity to make their move.
 

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Speaking to the press, Arshavin said, "I can confirm that officials from Zenit have begun preliminary negotiations with Real Madrid about my transfer."



Full name: Andrei Sergeyevich Arshavin
Date of birth: May 29, 1981 (age 27)
Place of birth: Leningrad, USSR (now Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Height: 1.72 m (5 ft 7+1⁄2 in)
Position: Attacking midfielder, second striker
 

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my friends some inter fans tell me this player is "overrated"...he is a one season wonder who will fall back to obsecurity very soon:err: i dont know which way to think
Why don't you ask Anderson Cooper? He's probably got the answer.
 
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