Chelsea and Tottenham face Italian opposition in race for €30m Brazilian star

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Inter Milan could soon throw their hat into the ring for Chelsea and Tottenham target Willian, according to reports in Italy.

The Shakhtar Donetsk star impressed in the Champions League against Chelsea and has been vocal about his desire to leave the Ukraine and put himself on display ahead of the 2014 World Cup by securing a move to one of Europe’s big leagues.

The 24-year-old earned rave reviews for his performance at Stamford Bridge this month, in which he bagged a brace as Donetsk went down 3-2 against Chelsea in the Champions League.

Tottenham came close to landing him over the summer in a deal worth around €30 million but the move reportedly collapsed over a payment schedule disagreement. Willian recently revealed he was still in touch with Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas and was open to a move to White Hart Lane.

Spurs appear somewhat short of creative options following the departure of both Luka Modric and Rafael Van der Vaart and could make another move for Willian when the winter window opens.

Chelsea were keen on taking the talented attacker to Stamford Bridge while Andre Villas-Boas was in charge last season and could make another move in January, although they appear well stocked in that department.

According to TuttoSport, Inter will fund the move through the sale of star midfielder Wesley Sneijder as well as money raised by investment in the club by Chinese shareholders. Inter president Massimo Moratti is said to have dispatched a representative to discuss terms

Willian would cost around €30 million, although Donetsk remain adamant they are under no pressure to sell up in the winter window.

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