Carlos - Anzhi in for Neymar

Ambitious Russian outfit hoping to seal sensational swoop

Neymar: Is wanted by a number of Europe's top clubs

Anzhi Makhachkala captain Roberto Carlos claims the club have lodged a bid for Santos striker Neymar.

The ambitious Russian outfit are one of only a handful of clubs in Europe who can afford to put together a package capable of luring Neymar away from his homeland.

Should the 19-year-old decide to move on this summer, he has a number of options available to him.

Anzhi would face stiff competition for his signature from Primera Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid and Premier League heavyweights Chelsea.

Former Brazil international Carlos is confident, though, that Anzhi could see off their illustrious rivals and secure a marquee signing.

He admits he recently discussed a possible deal with Neymar and has revealed that a formal approach has been made to Santos.


Carlos told Sport-Express: "I recently spoke to Neymar about this. I told him about Anzhi's project of development and about the conditions (owner) Suleiman Kerimov is ready to offer him.

"Now we must wait until the end of the Copa America, when Neymar should make up his mind on his future.

"He asked me to convey to the head of the club his thanks for the interest.

"We have already come into contact with the president of Santos and have made an offer to the club.

"I am constantly in touch with Neymar, I call him every day."

Asked if Anzhi are capable of pulling off such a sensational swoop, Carlos added: "It is possible."