Anzhi Makhachkala are set to become the first of European football’s new financial superpowers to pull the plug on their extravagant spending, with reports that the Russian side will cut their budget and sell some of their biggest stars.
Rene Meulensteen is set to be sacked after just 16 days in charge, and the owner, Suleiman Kerimov, is keen to change the focus of the club to their youth players rather than big name foreign imports.
Those big names are now likely to be on the move this summer, and although they will not be sold off cheaply, there will be no shortage of takers for the likes of Samuel Eto’o and Willian.
The latter is sure to be of interest to clubs in the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea reportedly chasing him for the past two season. Willian himself has suggested he still wants to move to a top European club to boost his chances of being selected for the World Cup next season, and either Spurs or Chelsea looks a good destination.
However Spurs should be the team to take the lead in trying to bring Willian to England. The 24-year-old has spoken of his close relationship with Andre Villas-Boas in the past, and with the London club already boasting Sandro and Paulinho on their books, they can show Willian a clear path to the Brazil national team.
Spurs might also be about to come in to a large amount of money if Gareth Bale does complete a move to Real Madrid, but even if they keep hold of the Welsh forward, they should consider putting together a large bid for Willian.
The playmaker wild bring plenty of creativity and class to their attack, and Spurs should realise that having Villas-Boas gives them an important advantage in any transfer battle for Willian.
Anzhi paid £30million for Willian in January, and they are unlikely to reduce that fee considerably this summer if they sell the Brazilian. However he has the ability to be a crucial figure at Spurs with or without Gareth Bale, and they should seriously consider spending big again this transfer window to sign the 24-year-old.
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