Russian outfit steal in for £17 million Tottenham target

Anzhi V Liverpool

Anzhi Makhachkala make formidable transfer opponents in the race for Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin.

Earlier in the week we brought you reports from Italy that Tottenham Hotspur had made a £17 million bid for Colombian midfield maestro Fredy Guarin of Inter Milan; a bid that was subsequently rejected by the Inter hierarchy.

Andre Villas-Boas remains a big fan of his after the Colombian played a massive role in his success at FC Porto; scoring five goals in the run to UEFA Europa League glory.

However Spurs seem to have fallen short of the valuation the Nerazzuri have set for him whilst Guarin himself continues to point out he does not desire an exit from the San Siro this summer.

But Inter Milan are not the financial powerhouse they once were; and after finishing a lowly ninth in Serie A last season they will not be playing European football for the first time in almost 20 years.

Therefore it is believed the club is certainly open to offers when it comes to some of their players; regarding those offers represent good value for money.

So as the Indonesian takeover of the club continues to become more and more protracted the chance to salvage some cash for transfer fees is always going to be welcomed; and in the case of Guarin that may be exactly what they are ready to do.

According to Sky Sport Italia, while Tottenham may not have been able to get the attention of Inter Milan, a wealthy Russian side have certainly pricked their ears. 

They report that Inter officials have met with those of big-spending Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala in Milan this week; with Guarin high on the agenda.

Knowing from experience that Anzhi will spend big to get their man (Samuel Eto’o was transferred between the clubs for a reported fee of £21.8 million in 2011) Inter may have been more receptive of the Dagestan outfit - knowing they will have more luck getting Suleyman Kerimov to overspend then they would with Daniel Levy.

And if Anzhi have truly set their sights on Guarin to help them finally win the Russian Premier League next season then be in no doubt; they have a recent trend for getting what they want.

Do Tottenham stand a chance now Anzhi are involved?

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