Guus Hiddink's Anzhi Makhachkala are ready to tempt the Arsenal striker with a three-year contract worth £45million
Guus Hiddink has been given a blank cheque to go and sign three world class stars for Anzhi.
And Hiddink has put Arsenal’s Robin van Persie on his shopping list.
Anzhi owner Suleyman Kerimov, one of the richest men in the world, has told Hiddink the best players can earn over £300,000 a-week net at his club. That’s over £15m a-year and it’s tax free.
Hiddink is now hinting he is about to target Van Persie with an offer that will dwarf anything on offer from Arsenal.
Hiddink said: “In this summer’s transfer period we are going to get a couple of really well targeted investments to build this Anzhi team into an even bigger side in world football.
“We have made it possible to break into the top five in Russian football. We are now among the traditional strong teams from Moscow and St Petersburg. But we need to make even bigger steps than we have done so far, to play for the top spots.
“Initially I was not going to put my eye on a Dutch player, but now I am not ruling out that this could take place.’’
Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder said last week he is not prepared to move to Moscow. He explained: “If I wanted to go and earn big money, I could have moved in January to Moscow.
“The amount of money was incredible, but I am happy at Inter.’’
The question is if Van Persie can be persuaded to pick up millions in Russia. Over three years Hiddink’s club Anzhi could pay him £45m .
Hiddink says he wants to turn Anzhi into one of the biggest clubs in the world. His owner Kerimov claims to have the same kind of funds as Manchester City’s Arab owners.
And the former Chelsea boss has turned down a double role as club and Russia’s national coach in Russia to put all his energy into Anzhi.
“I know that I am in the frame for a double role. But I find that impossible and it is not realistic,’’ he said.
“I love being on the pitch again every day with the players. I have really missed that feeling over the last few years.’’
Anzi’s Samuel Eto’o is acknowledged as the world’s best paid player. He is paid a reputed £320,000 a-week.
Source : Mirror.co.uk