Arshavin move unlikely - agent
Playmaker's agent believes Juve links are 'just speculation'
Last Updated: January 11, 2011 11:25pm
Arshavin: Linked with Juve move
Andrey Arshavin's agent Dennis Lachter has moved to play down reports linking the Arsenal playmaker with a switch to Juventus.
The Russia international has two-and-a-half years remaining on his Gunners contract having arrived at Emirates Stadium in 2009, but is reportedly wanted by the Serie A giants.
But the 29-year-old's agent Lachter claims the deal is unlikely to materialise, insisting Arshavin is happy at Arsenal as they bid for the Premier League title.
"There's a possibility of Andrey (Arshavin's) move to Juventus," Lachter told Russian news website lifesports.ru. "But there are two things that can prevent this deal.
"First, Arsenal can win the Premiership this year. The gold medal of the English league is a dream of any footballer.
"Second is the financial ability of Juve as Arsenal are demanding no less than $26million (£17m) to release Arshavin.
"It's difficult for me to comment on certain items because he is a player who still has two-and-half-years on his contract with Arsenal and there are no formal offers.
"In any case I think it's just speculation. Juventus could have taken Arshavin two-and-a-half years ago, but they didn't want to.
"The player is happy in London. There could also be possibilities to move in January but, I repeat, we are talking about a player under contract and for which currently there is nothing concrete."