Tottenham Hotspur look set to smash their record transfer fee three times in a single transfer window after reports emerged that Brazil international Willian is due for a medical at White Hart Lane.
The 25-year-old midfielder is said to be in advanced talks with Liverpool in acquiring the services of the Brazilian, yet it seems that the north London club has managed to gain a march on the acquisition.
Willian had been quoted that he was 'hoping for an offer from a club like Liverpool' but the persistence not only in this transfer window but in the previous two by Spurs may mean that Spurs have finally landed their man.
The transfer saga sparked into life when Anzhi owner Suleyman Kerimov decided for a change in strategy due to the lack of short-term success, resulting in Anzhi's most expensive stars being put up for sale in order to diminish the club's extreme wage bill which is on the periphery on FIFA's Financial Fair Play system.
This, along with Willian's long-term ambition to play in the Premier League, alerted English clubs that a real gem that seemed destined to stay away from the Premier League may in fact edging closer to the highest tier of English football.
Spurs have had several slick operations in the transfer market leading to the north London outfit spending just under £60m this summer.
The signings of current record breaker Roberto Soldado from Valencia, Paulinho from Corinthians, Nacer Chadli and more recently Etienne Capoue really highlight the quality that Spurs have really integrated to their ranks. All newcomers made their debuts at Selhurst Park on Sunday and with Soldado scoring a winning penalty on the day Spurs fans have even more to be chuffed about heading into their first Premier League home game against Swansea.
Willian who has two caps to his name is a very versatile midfielder who can operate either side of the flanks or in behind the striker. By being able to operate efficiently on the left hand side some may suggest that he is the replacement for Real Madrid-bound Gareth Bale.
Andre Villas-Boas has been quoted as being a key admirer of the Anzhi superstar and the two could really from a partnership off the pitch - as seen with Gareth Bale and AVB this season.
With Spurs set to break their transfer record three times in a single window it does increase speculation about the Welshman's departure; however, despite Bale netting in 21 goals last season in the Premier League, Tottenham may be able to make his departure more bearable through this season's signings - and even more with a potential £30m acquisition of Willian.
It seems Spurs are not only reinforcing their 'dark horse' status for the winning the Premier League, but are also solidify a real title challenge, especially with their north London rivals Arsenal spending nothing so far in the transfer window with just 13 days remaining.