Arsenal and Chelsea braced for Russian bids

Ambitious Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala are lining up a sensational swoop for Robin Van Persie and Nicolas Anelka according to the Sun.

Backed by billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov new player-manager Roberto Carlos is eager to turn the club from mid-table dwellers into a serious outfit capable of competing in the Champions League.

Despite already hitting the headlines by spending £22 million to bring Samuel Eto’o to the club and handing him wages of £345,000-a-week, making him the highest paid player on the planet, Carlos wants to bring the striking duo to Dinamo Stadium.

The Brazilian is desperate to lure Arsenal captain Van Persie and Chelsea forward Anelka to Russia in an attempt to bolster his squad and believes he can tempt them both with big money offer but admitted they weren’t the only players on his list.

He said: “Anelka is not the only player. Nene from PSG and Van Persie from Arsenal are players we are following.

“Neymar? I talked to him. If Real (Madrid), Barcelona or Manchester United cannot pay the transfer fee, we will pay it. Suleyman Kerimov can offer what he wants.”

Whilst a switch to Russia may not interest Van Persie it could prove to be attractive to Anelka who’s contract at Stamford Bridge ends in the summer with Anzhi set to offer him a lucrative deal.

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