Chelsea agree Willian transfer

11:27 25 August 2013

Willian, pictured in action for Shakhtar Donetsk. Picture: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

Willian, pictured in action for Shakhtar Donetsk. Picture: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

EMPICS Sport

Transfer news: Chelsea have confirmed that they have reached an agreement to sign Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala.

The Brazilian had looked to be on the verge of joining Tottenham earlier this week but the Blues have outmanoeuvred their London rivals and the forward will now move to Stamford Bridge subject to a work permit being granted.

A statement on www.chelseafc.com read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with both Willian and his club Anzhi Makhachkala for the transfer of the Brazilian player.

“The transfer is subject to a work permit hearing on Wednesday.”

The 25-year-old had got as far as completing a medical at Spurs but his about-turn will come as a boost to Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who has been looking to add to his attacking options this summer.

The Portuguese has had two bids rejected for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and is now being linked with another Anzhi player in Samuel Eto’o.

Mourinho hinted that Willian had chosen the Blues over Spurs in his press conference on Friday, although the player had yet to complete his medical at that point.

“I think he’s already made his decision,” Mourinho said.

The self-styled ‘Special One’ nodded in the affirmative when asked if that was Chelsea.

He added: “I don’t like to speak before time because football can be crazy.

“I know what the player wants, so in this moment we cannot hide. That is a possibility.”

Willian began his career in his homeland with Corinthians before moving to Europe with Shakhtar Donetsk in 2007.

He made over 100 appearances for the Ukrainians before moving to Anzhi in January of this year but his Russian adventure will be short-lived.

Mourinho is now likely to turn his intentions to getting Rooney, with a third bid planned after Monday’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Chelsea have been told repeatedly that Rooney is not for sale, but still Mourinho is chasing his man.

“When you own a player, you have a contract with a player for a long time, even if the player wishes to leave - and sometimes that happens,” Mourinho said.

“That contradiction happens. The player wants to leave, the club wants to keep [him].

“We [managers] have to make a decision one way or another way. We have to persuade the player to stay, or the player persuades us to sell.”

Asked how he rates Chelsea’s chances of signing Rooney, Mourinho said: “I don’t care. In this moment I don’t care.”

Where the Willian move leaves Spurs now is unclear, with the forward seemingly lined up as their replacement for Gareth Bale should he complete his move protracted to Real Madrid.

This latest development could prove to be yet another delay in the summer’s longest-running transfer saga and possibly increase the chances of the Welshman staying in north London.

Related articles


Live Blog Transfer Window Live 18th August

 

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Chelsea news

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Nacho Monreal of Arsenal closes down Yannick Bolasie of Crystal Palace (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Yannick Bolasie is available for Crystal Palace at Chelsea after missing the midweek Capital One Cup clash with Shrewsbury following the death of his father.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Chelsea FC Manager Jose Mourinho (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho refused to comment on his club’s pursuit of John Stones.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Referee Mark Clattenburg shows the red card to John Terry of Chelsea (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho says his Chelsea side “defended with nine men” in training to prepare to face Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Zhang Linpeng of Guangzhou Evergrande (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Chinese defender Zhang Linpeng says he has received a “formal invitation” to join Chelsea.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Kenedy of Chelsea during a training session (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

New Chelsea midfielder Kenedy is delighted to play alongside some of the Brazilian players he has idolised for years.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more
Free weekly shop? Yes please!

Win £200 to spend at Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets. Asda prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here.

Read more