Thursday, September 06, 2012

ZENIT ST PETERSBURG CLOSE IN ON NANI AND ARSHAVIN


Manchester United winger Nani faces an anxious wait to discover whether he will join Zenit St Petersburg in a £25million deal before the Russian transfer window closes on Thursday.

Big-spending Zenit this week stunned football by splashing out over £70m on Porto striker Hulk and Benfica midfielder Axel Witsel, and are eyeing one more big-money buy before the deadline.

Zenit are also hoping to bring Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin back to his homeland before their domestic transfer window shuts.

Nani has become increasingly disillusioned with life at Old Trafford after failing to agree a new contract and finding himself squeezed out of Sir Alex Ferguson's preferred line-up.

The Portugal international was expected to sign a new deal this summer and cement his place as a key part of Ferguson's future plans.

But the 25-year-old has not managed to find an agreement and sources close to the player have revealed that he has been left feeling unwanted.

Nani was dropped following United's defeat at Everton in their opening match of the Barclays Premier League season and has not yet forced his way back in.

Meanwhile, Zenit, Dynamo Moscow and CSKA Moscow are all interested in former Russia captain Arshavin, who has fallen out of favour at Arsenal, according to The Mirror.

Arshavin is no longer part of Arsene Wenger's future plans, and spent the second half of last season on loan back at Zenit, his first club.

Although the 31-year-old would still like to stay at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal may choose to cash in before his contract expires next year.

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