Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas has made Brazilian attacking midfielder Willian his transfer priority in January, according to reports.
The Evening Standard claims Spurs will make a second bid for the player in the New Year, after failing in their attempts to sign the Shakhtar Donetsk star in the summer transfer window.
Despite having a minimum fee release clause of £32 million in his contract, the same publication suggests that a bid of £15 million could prove ‘tempting’ for the Ukrainian giants. That’s £3.2 million more than the rejected offer that was tabled back in August.
And, in an extra twist, the potential move to White Hart Lane could hinge on Chelsea’s ability to knock Shakhtar out of the Champions League in the group stage. The two sides go head-to-head at the Donbass Arena this week, with Juventus also vying for qualification to the knockout stages from Group E.
Willian has already admitted that he’d be open to a move to the Premier League, and if Shakhtar were no longer in Europe’s premier club competition, there appears to be little else stopping the player from making a move away from his current club.
“There are many players here in the same position, mostly Brazilians. The club buy and do not let go,” said Willian, according to the Standard.
“That’s the problem. Everyone knows that I want out. I’ve been here for five years, won many titles, so I hope they respect my will. I do not regret coming here but this situation has been happening and we start to re-think.”
It’s not the first time Villas-Boas has attempted to sign the player either, with the ex-Porto boss previously failing in his efforts to bring the player to Stamford Bridge when in charge of the Blues.
And, with Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy instructed to attempt negotiations in 2013, 'AVB' will hope to be successful on this occasion, particularly when you consider that Emmanuel Adebayor is likely to be out of action on African Cup of Nations duty.