Arsenal ready for £15m midfielder bid - reports

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Arsenal are reportedly bracing themselves for a bid from Anzhi Makhachkala for midfielder Andrey Arshavin.

According to talkSPORT, the Russian outfit are plotting an offer in the region of £15 million for Arshavin, who has consistently been linked with the Emirates Stadium exit this summer.

Galatasary and Tottenham have also been credited with interest in the 30-year-old and, should Arsenal sign Juan Mata from Valencia, he may find regular first-team football at a premium.

Arsenal have already recruited Gervinho from Lille during the transfer window, with the Ivorian also likely to pose a threat to Arshavin, who joined the Gunners in January 2009.


Despite reportedly being out of favour during periods of last season, Arshavin played a staggering 53 times for Arsenal in all competitions.

It has, however, been claimed that Arsene Wenger would be prepared to sell the Russia international should a respectable offer be made, and £15 million would seemingly be just that.

Anzhi have made quite an impact in the transfer market since being acquired by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov earlier this year, and have secured the marquee signings of Roberto Carlos and Balázs Dzsudzsák.

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