Scoalri wins battle to sign a £20million striker

Luiz Felipe Scoalri has won his battle with Roman Abramovich to sign either Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano (left) or Zenit St Petersburg's play maker Andrei Arshavin (right). Abramovich said earlier on this month there wont be any funds for Big Phil to sign players in the January. Its now been confirmed that he will have £20million for a striker.

Scoalri has said he doesn't have a forward that can open up defences so Abramovich has provided him with £20million to sign one. Fabiano and Arshavin are both world class players but play completely different styles of football. Fabiano has great goalscoring record especially of late scoring 34 goals in 44 games last season for Sevilla and has a total of 64 in 131 games for them. He has also scored 14 in 23 for Brazil including a hat-trick against Portugal in a friendly last month.

Arshavin on the other hand is completely different, the Russian play maker is a lot more creative and is better playing just of the lead striker. Arshavin's current club Zenit St Petersburg have said Arshavin has permission to talk to other clubs about a January move. Arshavin said he would love to play for Barcelona, Manchester United or Chelsea so it looks like if Zenit are happy with the offer he could well be on his way.

Personally I think Arshavin would be a much better signing if its a forward who can unlock defences Scoalri is looking for because as we saw in Euro 2008 hes one of the best in the world at doing so. Fabiano is also a great player but his main attributes a pace, power and finishing which Chelsea have Anelka and Drogba for. I would love to see either player in the Premiership but as a Manchester United fan would rather it not be Chelsea because if they were to sign either player it would strengthen the squad immensely.

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