Manchester United's Wayne Rooney has emerged as a transfer target for Anzhi Makhachkala according to Roberto Carlos

Wayne Rooney: Admired by Russian giants Anzhi Makhachkala

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Anzhi Makhachkala will consider a bid for Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, according to team director Roberto Carlos.

Anzhi have been linked with some of the world's biggest players after they signed Samuel Eto'o in August last year.

And Carlos told Sky Sports News the Russian club's billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov would continue to invest whatever it takes to bring the club success - including a move for Rooney.

"Why not? He's one of the best players in the world and any team would be happy to have him in their squad," he said.

Anzhi target Rooney

"He's still a very young player. Of course I could not say when, and if, it will happen.

"It's not only Anzhi who want to buy him. There are plenty of teams in Italy and Spain, all over the world, who are eager to have a player like Rooney.

"This person (Kerimov) is capable of doing everything. If the owner of Anzhi has a wish to buy somebody, he will go and do it. But we are trying to change the image of the club. It's not just about money.

"Of course we are going to buy good players but not only international players - we want to sign good Russian players that are not that expensive."


Carlos suffered racial abuse during his playing days in Russia and has called on FIFA and UEFA to maintain regular dialogue to prevent racism in the game.

Carlos was asked whether John Terry should remain as Chelsea captain after his four-game ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

"It's difficult for me to say." said Carlos. "I was very surprised by this situation with Terry. I don't think it was necessary at all. It's not necessary to be aggressive or insult somebody. We just have to play football and have fun."