Roberto Carlos reveals Anzhi interested in Gerrard, Lampard
Anzhi player-coach Roberto Carlos has revealed that the Russian club are pondering moves for Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
The 38-year-old defender has just been appointed a temporary manager after coach Gadzhi Gadzhiev was sacked, and he already spoke with club chiefs about the possible transfer targets.
Club owner Suleyman Kerimov is eager to lure Fabio Capello to Makhachkala, and Roberto Carlos confirms Anzhi are already making plans for next season.
“I am having dinner with the president tonight and we’ll speak about signings and coaches for next season,” Carlos was quoted as saying in Daily Mail.
The Brazilian then revealed the club were weighing up moves for Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
“We will talk about names like Lampard, Gerrard and Pires.
“In terms of coaches, there are several names, such as Capello, Hiddink, Luxemburgo and Scolari.”
Chelsea ponder January move for Sami Khedira
Chelsea have shown interest in Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, The Mirror reports.
Andre Villas-Boas is not satisfied with his midfield options and he believes Khedira would add a new quality to Blues midfield.
The Germany international has failed to impress at Santiago Bernabeu and has recently been blamed by Jose Mourinho for the defeat to Levante.
With Nuri Sahin recovering from injury and Lassana Diarra slowly returning to the side, Mourinho could decide to cash in on Khedira in January.
Chelsea believe Khedira would be a perfect replacement for Michael Essien, whose career at Stamford Bridge has been riddled with injuries, with the Blues reportedly ready to offer £20 million for the 24-year-old.
They could, however, face stiff competition from Bayern Munich and Milan, who are also keen.
The only problem is that Khedira wouldn’t be able to help Chelsea in the Champions League, having already featured for Real in the competition.
Zarate hints at Inter stay
Argentine striker Mauro Zarate has voiced his desire to stay at Giuseppe Meazza after his loan deal ends.
The 24-year-old joined Inter from Lazio on season-long loan on transfer deadline day and has had a mixed success at the start of his career at Meazza.
Seeing that his career at Lazio was plagued with controversy, it is little wonder that the player wants to remain at Inter.
“Will I stay at Inter next summer? Of course I’d like to stay here,” Zarate told Inter Channel.
“That’s what I want and what I really hope I do.
“I’m very happy in Milan, I really like it here. Rome is a beautiful city but it’s more chaotic. Milan is calmer, I like it.”
Zarate was an unused substitute in Claudio Ranieri’s first game in charge, whereas he scored against CSKA Moscow after coming off the bench.
The Argentine is highly unlikely to be considered a first team regular with Milito, Forlan and Pazzini all vying for places in attack, but he seems to be happy with being an impact player.