Anzhi bid for Kaboul and Rami: What Next?

With the Russian transfer window closing in 7 hours at the time of writing, we bring you up to speed with some developments coming from Anzhi Makhachkala who attempted to sign both Frenchmen Younes Kaboul and Adil Rami in recent days. Both of these attempts, we can confirm, have failed.

On Monday 25th February, Anzhi declared their interest in signing Younes Kaboul to Tottenham Hotspur and asked the English club to name their price. British press have reported that the French centre-back does not feature in manager Andre Villas Boas’s long term plans and would be prepared to let Kaboul go. However, we understand that Tottenham simply ignored the rich Russian side’s enquiry.

L’Equipe this morning report that Anzhi refused to let this get in their way and instead made a loan offer with an option to buy for Kaboul yesterday, which Tottenham promptly rejected. We have no details as to why exactly Spurs decided to reject this offer, but this concluded negotiations this transfer window between the two clubs as Anzhi are out of time to complete any sort of deal.

They have unfortunately failed to replace Christopher Samba who made his big-money move from the Russian side to Premier League strugglers QPR on the final day of the transfer window.

We understand that they have not given up interest in signing Younes Kaboul in the summer and will probably have to fork out a sum of at least €10m for Daniel Levy to accept a proposition on a couple of months time.

We can confirm that Anzhi have also been making multiple offers for Valencia’s French centre-back Adil Rami, but have failed in these attempts too. The Frenchman’s release clause has recently increased to €21.5m but the player indicated that he had no recent in going to go and play football in Russia: ‘I am very happy here. I do not believe I will go to Russia. It’s not competitive.’

They may also turn to him in the summer, as, despite his lack of interest, Valencia are in a dire financial state and desperately need to raise funds. Rami will not stay if Valencia do not want him to.

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