Zenit St Peteresburg have revealed that they turned down a £19million bid from an unnamed English club for playmaker Andrei Arshavin.
Arshavin is expected to leave Zenit this summer after an impressing for Russia at Euro 2008. The player has admitted that he would prefer to move to Barcelona but the Spanish club have already seen a £12m offer rejected by the Russian champions.
Arshavin’s agent now claims that an English side have failed with a £19million bid.
“Barcelona failed with a £12million bid for Andrei and now an English club have had a £19million offer rejected by Zenit,” agent Dennis Lachter told the Daily Express.
“Zenit want £24million, so clubs who want to sign Andrei will have to get closer to that figure.
“I believe they will because there are clubs interested in Andrei who are trying to sell players first.
“The figure is not easy to reach, but the transfer activity is beginning to happen and I am optimistic he will join a big club.
“I don’t know exactly when Andrei’s future will be resolved, but we have until the end of August, so we are both fairly relaxed.”