Anzhi Makhachkala will consider a bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, according to team director Roberto Carlos.
Sky Sports reports how the big-spending Russian outfit harbours lofty ambitions of one day tempting the England international to the Khazar Stadium.
Anzhi have been linked with some of the world's biggest and most prestigious players, thanks largely to the blank chequebook of the club's billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov, who has vowed to continue investing whatever it takes to bring success.
After signing Samuel Eto'o last summer - in a deal that made the former Barcelona marksman the highest paid player in the world - other clubs around the world have started to take note of the Eastern European side's intentions.
Prising Rooney from Old Trafford is perhaps a little unrealistic at this stage of the Red Devils star's career, but that doesn't mean that the forward - who celebrated his 27th birthday yesterday - wouldn't consider a big-money move away from Manchester United in later years.
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News, Brazilian legend Carlos, confirmed that Anzhi could look to lure him from Sir Alex Ferguson's grasp.
"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. "He's still a very young player. Of course I could not say when, and if, it will happen.
"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."
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