Arshavin fears the worst

Russia international Andrei Arshavin is still keen to sign for Barcelona even though the Catalan giants have snapped up Alex Hleb from Arsenal.

However, the 27-year-old, one of the stars of last month's Euro 2008, is concerned that his current club, Zenit St Petersburg, have set his transfer fee too high.

Arshavin said: "As they have signed Hleb, I do not know if they will want me too. We are different players, I know that, but does Barca have more money to spend on me?

"I really hope that they call and can sign me, but Zenit is asking for so much money. I know nothing more than that Barca offered £12million and Zenit said £24million, which is a lot.

"I have made my decision and Dick Advocaat knows clearly that I will go. I do not know if it will be to London, but my desire is well known.

"Now I do not want to not play or train for weeks. I agreed with the coach, with the club's permission, that I would only play if necessary while a transfer is sorted out.

"I was not in London negotiating anything. My club let me have a holiday after the European Championships, but I did not go to London."

This article was taken from: Football.co.uk