Brazilian midfielder Willian has agreed personal terms with Tottenham Hotspur, and could complete a £30million deal either today or tomorrow, reports The Independent newspaper. The Anzhi footballer has reportedly passed his medical.
The Brazilian is fairly unknown to the Premier League, but the player has high expectations following the reported £30million transfer fee.
Willian Borges da Silva, commonly known as Willian, is a left midfielder who currently plays for Anzhi Makhachkala. The 25-year-old has only been at Anzhi since 31 January 2013, scoring once in his 11 appearances for the club. He has also played 11 times for the Brazil Under-20s, and played for the senior team twice.
The reason for the speculated move in the first place was due to Anzhi’s restructuring at business level. The club transfer-listed the whole squad, including new signing Willian.
At 25, Willian has already won the Ukrainian Premier League four times, the Ukrainian Cup and Super Cup three times and the UEFA Cup once.
Tottenham can expect a versatile, creative winger who can ease past a player with his skill and pace, as well as having an eye for goal.
Willian was just 19 when he signed for Shakhtar for a fee of $19million, he was then snapped up by Anzhi for a fee in the region of $35million, almost double his previous transfer fee.
Willian’s success at Shakhtar Donetsk has already made him a winner, which is something needed at White Hart Lane with top four the target this season. He has played in the Champions League and the UEFA Cup, giving him added experience in vital matches for Andre Villas-Boas. Willian was part of the Shakhtar team that won the domestic treble in the 2010-11 season.
René Meulensteen, ousted Anzhi boss, suggested Spurs will have grabbed “a major trump card” if they manage to sign Willian.
“I’ve worked with him for a short time but I really, really like him. He will be an asset for whoever’s going to get him.
“If it’s Spurs thats going to get him they’ll get an excellent player. He’s very versatile, he can play in different positions, he’s a creative player and an excellent professional with a very good personality.
“He’s going to be a major trump card for Spurs if they can get the deal to go through.”