Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin is reportedly at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war, as Queens Park Rangers and Turkish giants Galatasaray battle it out for his signature.
The Mirror are claiming that Galatasaray have made an initial bid of £4 million for the 31 year-old, with QPR waiting in the wings.
Arshavin has fallen out of favour at Arsenal, after two unconvincing campaigns saw him eventually loaned out to former club Zenit St. Petersburg for the second half of last season.
While on loan in Russia, he regained some of the form which saw him once hailed as one of Europe’s top playmakers, and took it into this summer’s European Championships.
Arshavin ruled out a permanent return to Russia earlier in the summer, a stance echoed by his adviser Dennis Lachter, who commented: “We have no problem going to Turkey.”
However, it looks as though Galatasaray will have to up their offer, if Arshavin is going to make the switch, with the Mirror suggesting that Arsenal bosses will not relinquish their grip on the midfielder for less than £7 million.
QPR boss Mark Hughes is rumoured to be an admirer of Arshavin’s and given his activity in the transfer market already this summer, may dip back in to make another shrewd acquisition.