Russia's star playmaker Andrei Arshavin said he would like to play in the Spanish league, setting himself up nicely for the UEFA EURO 2008 semi-final with Spain on Thursday.

The 27-year-old Zenit St Petersburg star told Spanish sports daily AS that while he had received offers from England - Arsenal and rivals Chelsea are believed to have tabled £10million offers - and Germany there was only one country he wished to play in.

"I know that I have offers from England and Germany, but what I really want is to play in the Primera Liga," said Arshavin, who has scored twice in the two games he has played here so far after missing the first two matches through suspension.

"It's the championship that I have always followed, I like how football is played there. But for now, I have no offers from Spain," he added.

Arshavin inspired Zenit to the Russian title last season - earning him the Russian player of the year award - and then the UEFA Cup trophy - creating both their goals in an easy 2-0 win over Scottish side Rangers in the final - but has suggested he would like to move on.

The president of the Russian Football Association, Vitali Mutko, said Arshavin has a preference for Barcelona where he would be a replacement for Portuguese international Deco who is likely to leave the Spanish side, AS reported.

Rival sports daily Marca however said Spanish champions Real Madrid are chasing the striker, who played a decisive role in Russia's 3-1 EURO 2008 quarter-final win over Holland on Saturday.

Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly ready to pay a £10million release clause in the player's contract with Everton, Manchester City and Newcastle United also seen as being interested in Arshavin.