EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal shareholder Usmanov holds private meeting with Arshavin
By Randy Osae
With Zenit having invited Arsenal officials for discussions over Arshavin’s proposed move to north London, the club’s major shareholder and Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has taken matters into his hands to convince the much spotlighted player to make the switch quick.
Usmanov reportedly held a private dinner with Arshavin on Sunday at a five-star restaurant/hotel named Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in the city of Saint Petersburg.
Leaks from the Russian media claim the player discussed potential wage issues and other personal terms in the transfer.
Usmanov is believed to be the mastermind behind this transfer saga already, having had ties with the Russian oil company which owns Zenit.
Even so, Usmanov is NOT a board member at the Emirates Stadium after been frozen out – so his impacts in decisions will stay unofficial. But he is keen to help lure countryman Andrei Arshavin to Arsenal where his essential investments lie.
Arshavin’s unstable-worded and defrauding agent Dennis Latcher did claim during the weekend that the a deal should be struck in the coming week and that could be an additional reason to belief this saga might conclude soon.
Latcher said: “The deal should go through this week,”
“Andrei wants to go, Arsenal want him and Zenit accept they have to sell.
“It’s just a matter of sorting out the sums but the indication is it’ll happen soon, perhaps within days.”