Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that a deal to sign Andrei Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg is ’90 per cent completed’.
Speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw at Everton on Wednesday night, Wenger had indicated that the club were not close to signing the Russian.
However, the French coach has now confirmed the Gunners are close to reaching an agreement, but admits the final 10 per cent of talks can be the most difficult.
He said: “There is nothing new on Arshavin, I have been concentrating on the game and not taking calls.
“But the deal is maybe 90 per cent completed. However, the final 10 per cent of any deal can be the most difficult.
Arsenal have been negotiating with Zenit St Petersburg for several weeks and the proposed deal has been stalling over the transfer fee – Arsenal are believed to have offered £12m – and the player’s terms and bonuses.
“Maybe in the next two days,” added Wenger, with the end of the transfer window looming on 2 February. “In this kind of job it can be difficult at this stage because people can change their minds completely.”