Arshavin reveals Bayern dream

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The saga surrounding Andrei Arshavin's potential move to one of Europe's major leagues has taken another twist after the Russia star claimed it would be 'a dream' to join Bayern Munich.

The 27-year-old midfielder has already seen moves to England and Spain fall through after his current club, Zenit St Petersburg, refused to budge on their £25million asking price following his starring role in Euro 2008.

Arshavin has publicly criticised the Russian club for their unrealistic valuation, but has welcomed reports that Bayern might be interested in signing him when the transfer window reopens in January.

"I don't want to play for Zenit any more," he told German media. "Playing for Bayern is a dream."

Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed their intention to sign FC Basel striker Eren Derdiyok in January.

Derdiyok, 20, is a full international for Switzerland and was the youngest player to take part in the European Championship finals during the summer.

The Basel-born starlet's stock rose further when he scored the equaliser in his hometown's 1-1 Champions League draw with Barcelona at the beginning of November.

Leverkusen's general manager Michael Reschke said: "It is a matter for negotiations.

"We would like to sign Eren on January 1, but if this isn't possible then we can wait until the summer.

"We want to reach an agreement with FC Basel soon."