Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a transfer boost in their pursuit of Brazilian international Willian.
The 24-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk star is being tipped to make a move away from the Ukranian champions in the New Year, although club coach Mircea Lucescu insists they will sell for nothing less than the player’s minimum fee release clause - €35 million.
That’s a figure that will be beyond Inter Milan, with the club’s sporting director Marco Branca revealing there is ‘no way’ the Serie ‘A’ giants will be investing in players in January.
"It's not down to where we are in the table whether we will make signings in January, there are other factors to consider,” he told Sky Italia, according to talkSPORT.
"At this moment in time, there's no way we'll be investing in January for other reasons. It's the same situation in many other industry sectors. We're in an economic crisis."
With Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni now forced out of the race to sign the player, it leaves the Premier League giants ready to go head-to-head for the former Corinthians starlet.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has seen the player’s ability first-hand this season, with Willian scoring twice at Stamford Bridge in Shakhtar's Champions League Group E clash against the Blues earlier this season.
The two-cap Selecao international would also join a host of compatriots in west London, with Ramires, David Luiz and Oscar already on the Chelsea books.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas was linked with a move for the player at the end of August, but failed to add the attacking midfielder to the ranks at White Hart Lane in the closing stages of the summer transfer window.