Chelsea agree a fee for Anzhi’s Willian

Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Brazilian playmaker Willian from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, according to Sky Sports, and the transfer will be completed subject to a work permit hearing on Wednesday.

Earlier in the week Tottenham Hotspur had appeared set to sign the 25-year-old, after he underwent a medical at White Hart Lane, only for Blues owner Roman Abramovich to move quickly and offer a better deal to Anzhi and Willian.

Manager Jose Mourinho revealed on Friday that Willian had chosen to join his side over Tottenham, and the player is thought to have been lured by the prospect of Champions League football, a more lucrative contract and working under Mourinho.

A Chelsea statement on Sunday morning 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.

Willian only made the move to Anzhi in January, after scoring 37 goals in 221 appearances in five and-a-half years in Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk. He would add to Mourinho’s numerous options in attacking midfield, with Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata, Oscar, and Kevin de Bruyne already at his disposal.

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