Arsenal star a prospective signing for former Real Madrid boss in Azerbaijan.
Former Liverpool striker and Real Madrid manager John Toshack is planning an ambitious bid to sign Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin, according to the Metro.
Toshack is currently in charge of Khazar Lankaran in Azerbaijan, and the move will of course depend on how Arshavin sees his career panning out.
The former Russia captain rarely even makes the bench for any of Arsenal’s important matches, and has only made brief substitute appearances in both the Premier League and UEFA Champions League.
In fact, apart from his deployment at half time in an Gunners shadow side in their Champions League loss to Olympiakos, the most time Arshavin has been afforded by Arsene Wenger in the Premier League this season has been a 16 minute cameo appearance against Norwich City in September 2012.
So far has his stock fallen that this campaign he has been the senior name in what has been practically been a youth side for Carling Cup matches, and it is in that competition that he has made his only starts.
He has also not played for the Russia national team since UEFA Euro 2012, and appears at somewhat of a crossroads in his career.
With Arshavin’s Arsenal contract expiring at the end of the season, and no new deal on the cards, perhaps the £100,000 per week suggested by the Metro could convince him to sign with Khazar Lankaran.
Club owner Mubariz Mansimov is a billionaire, and a deal for an established name such as Arshavin could put his team’s name on the map.
Perhaps this is a deal that would work for all parties concerned.