Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford stars linked with interest from Russian Premier League side.
Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala are keen on bringing in two more high profile players this month and have earmarked moves for Arsenal winger Andrei Arshavin and Man United bench warmer Dimitar Berbatov. The Dagestan based side have recently purchased Samuel Eto’o from Inter Milan and Yuri Zhirkov from Chelsea and are keen to add more top class names to their line up and have seemingly endless resources with which to do so.
Arsenal winger Arshavin has looked out of sorts over the past 18 months or so and may be tempted by a move away from the Emirates Stadium as the North London club goes through something of a crisis at present. Arsene Wenger may also be ready to cash in on the 30 year old having seemingly ran out of patience with the former Zenit St Petersburg man.
The Russian international winger has only been selected of late due to lack of alternatives and if Anzhi make a substantial offer then the Gunners boss may elect to take the money as clearly at this stage in Arshavin’s career this may be the last time Arsenal can a significant fee for a player that cost £15m two and a half years ago.
Dimitar Berbatov has seen his first team chances greatly reduced this season, the emergence of Danny Welbeck and last season’s performances from Javier Hernandez will leave the Bulgarian struggling to find his way into Sir Alex Ferguson’s first team picture, especially as Wayne Rooney has hit the ground running this term, netting five goals in his first three Premier League games of the season.
Anzhi Makhachkala are keen to make an impact in the Russian Premier League this term having finished last season in 11th spot. With captain Roberto Carlos on board and other experienced players on board, boss Gadzhi Gadzhiev will hope to steer his side towards the top end of the table, having only gained promotion to the top tier in 2009.
Owned by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, 118th richest man on the planet according to Forbes, Anzhi find themselves in fifth spot and will be looking to secure a finish that will guarantee them European qualification for next term.
They are thought to be ready to offer up £15m for Andrei Arshavin and £20m for Dimitar Berbatov.