Tottenham’s transfer to bring Brazilian forward Willian to White Hart Lane from Anzhi Makhachkala has been thrown into doubt after a late bid from Chelsea.
The Brazilian looked set to complete a £30m move from Russia having had a medical in London yesterday but Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich personally launched a bid directly to Anzhi according to reports in the Daily Mirror, believed to be £32m.
Reports had indicated that Willian’s deal with Spurs was done after completing a medical and that he’d signed a four year deal, but some reports have suggested Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign the player.
Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy is believed to be furious over the news according to reports in the Daily Mail – who have indicated that Levy may well pull the plug on Gareth Bale’s world record transfer to Real Madrid – and that Spurs’ will consider their next move today.
Manager Andre Villas Boas said: “Willian? Everything is possible, but I'm not aware of the circumstances because of our involvement in the game.
"I confirmed our interest. But I can't give you further info. I don't want it to be a distraction over what we achieved here tonight.
"I cannot speak about players that belong to other teams. We have been active in the market and what you have seen from Tottenham is no leaks.”
Contrary to reports in the Daily Mail about Levy being so upset about the Willian deal, that the Gareth Bale transfer could be in doubt, the Metro reports that Real Madrid are preparing to confirm his arrival at the Bernabeu and that he could leave before any direct replacements arrive at Spurs.
It also details that Spurs are expected to receive £59m of the transfer fee straight away – with the rest of the payments being £12.5m at a time until 2017 in a deal worth £109m.
Technical director Franco Baldini is hoping to complete a deal that will bring Roma duo Erik Lamela and Miralem Pjanic to White Hart Lane, which will be a reinvestment of the Bale transfer fee.
Tottenham were in Europa League action last night with a 5-0 away win over Georgian side Dinamo Tblisi. Andros Townsend impressed and scored for Spurs. Paulinho got his first goal for the club, Roberto Soldado got two and Danny Rose scored with a spectacular strike.
Townsend said: “Every time I get a chance I have to continue to be effective in matches, to score goals and make assists.
“Hopefully if I get another opportunity I’ll do the same.”
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