[TRANSFER TALK] Andrei Arshavin
is the emerging star of Euro 2008. After missing out on Russia's first two group games
because of suspension, the baby-faced midfielder scored one and set up another in each of his country's games against Sweden and the Netherlands. His performances won him UEFA's Man of the
Match award in both matches.
The 27-year-old Russian has spent his entire career at his hometown club, Zenit St. Petersburg, which won the 2008 UEFA Cup, but he's recently made
clear his desire to move abroad for his club soccer
Top European clubs are noticing. Arsenal, Inter Milan, and Schalke 04 are just a few of the team who are jockeying for
All of them might be fighting a losing battle however. In a recent interview with euro2008.com
, Arshavin favored a move to Spain. The gifted Russian said, "I know I have
offers from England and Germany but what I would really like is to play in La Liga, in the first division. It is a championship I have always followed. I like the soccer which is played
Arshavin zeroed in on a possible move to Catalan club Barcelona, explaining, ""I have supported [them] all my life. Barcelona is my dream."
For now, Arshavin has no official offers from Spain. Russia's Euro 2008 semifinal Thursday against Spain, however, could be the perfect tryout, and Arshavin could very well be playing against
some of his future teammates at Barcelona.