Arsenal will not let Arshavin go cheaply

Arsenal are in talks with Zenit St. Petersburg over the permanent transfer of Russia national team captain Andrei Arshavin, who has been on loan in his native country since February, but the Daily Mail reports Arsene Wenger will not sell the midfielder cheaply.

Zenit are said to be willing to pay £5m for Arshavin after he helped them win the Russian League title, but Arsenal are holding out for £8m, intent on recouping more of the £15m they originally paid Zenit for Arshavin in 2009. The 31-year-old Arshavin is said by the Mail to be keen to leave the Emirates Stadium on a full-time basis. Negotiations between Arsenal and Zenit are understood to have taken place but remain at the informal stage, with no offer made for the player.

Arshavin has thus far impressed for Russia at Euro 2012, starring in a 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic. Russia, in Group A, next face Poland and then Greece.

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