Arshavin's demands too high
Zenit's Andrei Arshavin's move to Arsenal may collapse because of the player's financial demands.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 28/01/09 8:16am
Andrei Arshavin's potential move to Arsenal may fall through because of the player's excessive financial demands, according to Zenit St Petersburg general director Maxim Mitrofanov.
The Russian playmaker's future has been subject to increased speculation in recent weeks, with the Emirates being his most likely destination.
Mitrofanov earlier announced that the clubs had agreed a £15million transfer fee, however the deal is in danger of collapse after the player's demands to settle payments of half his bonus from his four-year-contract since 2006.
"I think that we are very close to a deal, we really want to sell him but I hope the player can forget about the huge sums of money he is asking for and I hope he can find a compromise," said Mitrofanov.
"We are ready but it is his decision. Is it his dream or is it just a question of money?"
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has also reiterated that the Gunners are not prepared to break the bank for any player.
"The players who come in here have to come in on our wage structure or they don't come in," said the Frenchman.