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Chelsea sign Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala

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Chelsea paid £25.5m for the Brazilian's services. (©GettyImages)
Chelsea paid £25.5m for the Brazilian's services. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Brazilian international Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala.

The forward has moved to West London after the two clubs agreed on a deal in thearea of £25.5million, which also sees the player sign a 5-year-contract with his new club.

Willian was expected to make an official move to White Hart Lane, until Chelsea high-jacked the deal in it's closing stages; thus angering many Tottenham Hotspur fans.

In the meantime, Willian has spoken about his move to Chelsea, telling the club website: “I’m very happy to be here. It’s been a dream of mine to come and play here. Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world, so I’m very happy and looking forward to it.”

Willian had been in demand for top Premier League sides, having initially thought to be choosing Liverpool as his preferred destination, before the intervention of Tottenham, and eventually deciding to settle down at Chelsea; where he will wear the number 22 shirt.

After this transfer, questions remain to be answered considering the future of Chelsea’s current strike force. In terms of the future of Fernando Torres – despite showing a slight rise in form – the striker has been linked with moving away from Stamford Bridge as part of a swap deal to bring in Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney.

And now with the acquisition of a highly rated Brazilian international, for almost exactly half the price of Torres, Chelsea could well see their Spanish international heading the other way to bring in Rooney.

Things may not change drastically for Chelsea’s strike force in the current transfer window, but the next could see big moves with the influence of new arrivals.

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