Transfer news: Chelsea confirm deal for Anzhi Makhachkala forward Willian

 

Chelsea have confirmed that they have reached an agreement to sign Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala.

The Brazilian had looked to be on the verge of joining Tottenham earlier this week but the Blues have outmanoeuvred their London rivals and the forward will now move to Stamford Bridge subject to a work permit being granted.

A statement on http://www.chelseafc.com 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."

The 25-year-old had got as far as completing a medical at Spurs but his about-turn will come as a boost to Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who has been looking to add to his attacking options this summer.

The Portuguese has had two bids rejected for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and is now being linked with another Anzhi player in Samuel Eto'o.

Mourinho hinted that Willian had chosen the Blues over Spurs in his press conference on Friday, although the player had yet to complete his medical at that point.

"I think he's already made his decision," Mourinho said.

The self-styled 'Special One' nodded in the affirmative when asked if that was Chelsea.

He added: "I don't like to speak before time because football can be crazy.

"I know what the player wants, so in this moment we cannot hide. That is a possibility."

Willian began his career in his homeland with Corinthians before moving to Europe with Shakhtar Donetsk in 2007.

He made over 100 appearances for the Ukrainians before moving to Anzhi in January of this year but his Russian adventure will be short-lived.

Mourinho is now likely to turn his intentions to getting Rooney, with a third bid planned after Monday's Barclays Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Chelsea have been told repeatedly that Rooney is not for sale, but still Mourinho is chasing his man.

"When you own a player, you have a contract with a player for a long time, even if the player wishes to leave - and sometimes that happens," Mourinho said.

"That contradiction happens. The player wants to leave, the club wants to keep (him).

"We (managers) have to make a decision one way or another way. We have to persuade the player to stay, or the player persuades us to sell."

Asked how he rates Chelsea's chances of signing Rooney, Mourinho said: "I don't care. In this moment I don't care."

Where the Willian move leaves Spurs now is unclear, with the forward seemingly lined up as their replacement for Gareth Bale should he complete his move protracted to Real Madrid.

This latest development could prove to be yet another delay in the summer's longest-running transfer saga and possibly increase the chances of the Welshman staying in north London.

Willian factfile

1988: Born Willian Borges da Silva on August 9 in Ribeirao Pires.

1998: Joins Corinthians and rises through the club's youth ranks.

2005: Helps Corinthians win the famed Copa Sao Paulo de Futebol Junior.

2007: January - Wins South American Under-20 Championship with Brazil.

May 3 - Makes league debut in a 1-0 victory over Juventude.

August 2 - Scores first goal for Corinthians in a 2-2 draw against Atletico-PR.

August 23 - Signs a five-year deal with Shakhtar Donetsk after agreeing a £12million move to the Ukrainian side.

September 15 - Makes debut in a 2-1 victory over Chornomorets Odesa.

October 31 - Scores first goal for the club in a 4-1 victory over Arsenal Kyiv.

2008: May - Ends first season at the club having won the Ukrainian league and cup.

2009: May - Wins the Europa League with Shakhtar following their 2-1 extra-time victory over Werder Bremen.

2010: May - Wins the Ukrainian league again with Shakhtar.

2011: Scores eight goals in 43 appearances as Shakhtar win a domestic treble.

November 10 - Makes international debut in Brazil's 2-0 win over Gabon.

2012: January - Chelsea and Tottenham both enquire about his availability, but Shakhtar hold on to their star man.

May - Helps Shakhtar to another league and cup double.

July - Admits he was "really upset" to have been denied a move to England and reveals he is close to Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas. "He always sends me messages. He has become a friend, for sure," Willian says.

2013: January 31 - Completes a £30million move to Anzhi Makhachkala.

February 14 - Makes Anzhi debut in 3-1 Europa League win over Hannover.

August 7 - Transfer-listed after Anzhi's billionaire owner Suleiman Kerimov outlines plans to slash the club's hefty wage budget.

August 20 - Tottenham and Liverpool make a move for the player, and he appears to have chosen north London over Merseyside.

August 23 - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho indicates Willian has chosen a move to Stamford Bridge, despite having previously passed a medical with Spurs.

August 25 - Chelsea announce they have signed Willian, subject to a work permit being granted.

Arts and Entertainment
The first film introduced Daniel Radcliffe to our screens, pictured here as he prepares to board the train to Hogwarts for the first time.
booksHow reading Harry Potter helps children grow up to be gay-friendly
Sport
Frank Lampard will pass Billy Wright and equal Bobby Charton’s caps tally of 106 caps against
sportFormer Chelsea midfielder in Etihad stopgap before New York contract
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from Aladdin is performed at the Tony Awards in New York in June
theatreBrit producer Lythgoe makes kids' musical comedy a Los Angeles hit
Sport
Usain Bolt of Jamaica smiles and shakes hands with a competitor after Jamaica won their first heat in the men's 4x100m relay
sport
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Chancellor George Osborne, along with the Prime Minister, have been 'complacently claiming the economy is now fixed', according to shadow Chancellor Ed Balls
i100... which is awkward, because he is their boss, after all
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux play teeneage lovers in the French erotic drama 'Blue Is The Warmest Colour' - The survey found four times as many women admitting to same-sex experiences than 20 years ago
filmBlue Is The Warmest Colour, Bojack Horseman and Hobbit on the way
News
Kenny Ireland, pictured in 2010.
peopleBenidorm actor was just 68
Arts and Entertainment
Preparations begin for Edinburgh Festival 2014
Edinburgh festivalAll the best shows to see at Edinburgh this year
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices