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Anzhi deny pursuit of Sneijder, Maicon

July 22, 2012
By ESPN staff

Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala have labelled reports linking them with a swoop for Inter Milan stars Wesley Sneijder and Maicon as "baseless".

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PA PhotosWesley Sneijder and Maicon have both been linked with a move away from Inter Milan

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Reports in Italy and Russia had suggested that Anzhi were keeping a close eye on the pair with a view to making the Nerazzuri an offer for one, or both, of the players.

However, the big-spending Russians, managed by Dutch boss Guss Hiddink, have now moved to quash speculation that Sneijder and Maicon could be following Samuel Eto'o - who moved to Anzhi last year - to Eastern Europe.

"Due to the emergence of numerous rumours in the media that FC Anzhi were in talks for players Douglas Maicon and Wesley Sneijder, please be advised this information is baseless," a statement on Anzhi's website read.

"The club has not conducted any negotiations for the transfer of these football players to our team. FC Anzhi are quick to confirm signings with the media and fans."

Sneijder has long been linked with a move away from the San Siro, with Manchester City and Manchester United both tipped to sign him during the last couple of transfer windows, while Maicon is believed to be a target of Chelsea and Real Madrid.