Despite claiming they have no need in Andrey Arshavin, Zenit St. Petersburg have begun to negotiate the purchase of the Russian football captain from Arsenal.
According to The Times newspaper, Arsenal are ready to part with their playmaker for 10 million pounds (around US$15.8 million).
Zenit’s press service have neither denied nor confirmed the information.
Arshavin has already appeared on the pitch for the Gunners this season, coming on as a sub in their season opener against Sunderland (0-0) this weekend.
The Russian is under contract with the Arsenal until 2013, but lacks a firm spot in the team’s starting lineup.
The 31-year-old spent the end of last season on loan at Zenit, scoring three goals in 10 appearances for the club.
But the team’s sponsors from Gazprom spoke against prolonging cooperation with the footballer after some harsh words he said following Russia’s disappointing display at Euro 2012.
But now, with the start of the Champions League campaign just around the corner, it seems their mood has changed.
Arshavin is one of the greatest players in Zenit’s history, scoring 52 goals in 236 games for the club between 2000 and 2009.