Why £30 million star might just find Liverpool agreeable

Liverpool have been linked with a sensational move for Willian. Do they dare break the bank?

Brendan Rodgers boldly stated earlier this week he wants to bring in players with added quality to the squad, and the very next day a link to Brazilian star Willian appeared.

The winger has long been linked with a move to England, with Tottenham and Chelsea both touted as destinations.

Manchester City have also been suggested as a club he could switch to, and now Liverpool's name has been thrown into the hat.

There would be few Liverpool fans who would not be happy to see Willian at Anfield, although the realists would accept it may be a long shot.

The reason Willian is available is due to the downsizing at Anzhi Machachkala, with the club planning on slashing their overall budget by two-thirds.

Willian only arrived at Anzhi in January, forcing a move to from Shakhtar Donetsk after going on strike.

He had a sensational end to 2012, helping Shakhtar get past the Champions League group stages and knocking Chelsea out in the process.

That desire, to go and play for a side in Anzhi who were not in the elite competition, could perhaps give Liverpool hope they can pull of a deal, if they dare.

Sceptics would argue Liverpool can't attract him because they can't offer him European football, but Willian clearly does not find this the be all and end all.

In fact he has made no secret of his desire to move to England, a country where he believes he will prefer the lifestyle compared to Russia or Ukraine.

He sees the Premier League as having the profile he craves to win a recall to Brazil's national team ahead of the World Cup, and at Liverpool where he would be 'the star' rather than one of many at a club like Chelsea or Manchester City, he would stand out more and play regularly.

So the question is whether Liverpool will stump up the cash? The Reds have brought in money through player sales this summer and freed up wage space, but much depends just how much Anzhi will ask.

How intense is their desire to downsize? Are they prepared to take a loss just to get him off their books? Do Liverpool front up the money they had available for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to put towards signing the Brazilian?

Those questions are soon to be answered, but if they do move for him, they might just have a good chance of convincing him.

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