Akinfeev eyes English move
Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has set his sights on a move to either Arsenal or Manchester United.
Last Updated: 25/07/10 12:59pm
Igor Akinfeev has set his sights on a move to either Arsenal or Manchester United as he looks for a new challenge away from Russia.
The 24-year-old goalkeeper, who has already made 40 appearances at international level, attracted admiring glances following his performances for CSKA Moscow in last season's UEFA Champions League.
He has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford for some time, with current United No. 1 Edwin van der Sar drawing towards the end of his career.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have been tipped to bring in a new shot-stopper this summer and Akinfeev has spoken to compatriot Andrey Arshavin about the club.
Akinfeev admits he would be keen to join one of the Premier League giants, having heard glowing reports about Arsenal from Arshavin.
"Arsenal and Manchester United are two of the very best clubs in the world," Akinfeev told the Daily Star Sunday.
"If both of them are going to be looking for keepers this summer - or even the next summer - then of course I am interested.
"I have spoken with Arshavin about Arsenal and London life. He has only had good things to say about the club and the city.
"He said some very nice things about me going on to be the best goalkeeper in the world - and that he would like me to reach that goal at Arsenal with him.
"Of course there is every chance this will be the last season for Edwin van der Sar.
"To be the No.1 for Manchester United would be a great honour too.
"They are the biggest football club in the world and, to be their No.1 for a length of time, you know you will have success.
"Juventus have also expressed an interest in me - but Arshavin has sold England to me very well."
Akinfeev does not believe CSKA would block a transfer if the opportunity to move on presented itself.
"My contract doesn't expire until 2013 but I have a great relationship with my president," he explained.
"If the right offer, both for me and the club came in, I don't think anybody would stand in my way.
"I have been in Russia for a lot of years now and feel ready for a new challenge."