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Chelsea have made the first solid steps towards signing Russian revelation Andrei Arshavin, according to reports.

The Mirror claims that Zenit St. Petersburg have accepted a ₤12million bid from the Blues, and that Arshavin will arrive in London later this week to agree personal terms and undergo a medical.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is desperate to bring in one of his compatriots over the summer, and is similarly keen to ship off mega-flop Andriy Shevchenko in the process.

New manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has already brought Portuguese playmaker Deco to Stamford Bridge and is supposedly eyeing Real Madrid winger Robinho, but Abramovich – at the risk of incurring Scolari’s wrath only days into his tenure – has guided his hand toward Arshavin.

Barcelona are also very interested in the 27-year-old, who has already revealed he is favourable to a Spanish switch.

But a Zenit source said: "Chelsea have been in contact, a deal agreed and Arshavin will fly to London to discuss personal terms.

"He was very attracted by the chance of playing in Spain but feels English football would suit his style better and, with Roman Abramovich involved, there is another link and reason." - FOR RedForceRising
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