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Man City offer €40m for Willian - report

Anzhi Makhachkala

Manchester City have lodged an offer of €40 million for Anzhi Makhachkala's Willian according to reports in Brazil.

The offer was rejected by the Russian side but the Citizens are now prepared to come back with an improved offer according to ESPN Brasil.

The futures of Brazilian stars Willian, Jucilei, Ewerton and João Carlos were thrown into doubt after Anzhi Makhachkala's owner declared his intention to offload a host of players.

Kerimov took over the club in January 2011 and initiated a huge spending spree, hoping to turn the side into Russia's major power.

But Russian publication Sport Express reported that after Anzhi's 1-0 defeat to Rostov on Friday, Kerimov suffered health issues leading to his decision to reform the club.

The news threw uncertainty over the futures of stars such as Cameroon captain Samuel Eto'o, Brazil's Willian and Russian international Yury Zhirkov.

But according to Sport Express, Kerimov said he was not selling the club and that former manager Gadzhi Gadzhiev would take over the helm in the near future.


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