After the news broke yesterday that the mega-rich Anzhi Makhachkala weren’t quite so mega-rich anymore, a few ears in London would have pricked up.
Billionaire oligarch owner Suleiman Kerimov has made massive financial losses since taking the club over in 2011. At the time, he intended to turn Anzhi into a major European force, but has since suffered stress related illnesses. To make things worse for Kerimov, he recently made considerable losses when the share prices in the potash mining company Uralkali –for which he is the majority shareholder – plummeted.
Many managers around will have began sizing up their squad in anticipation of the Anzhi clear-out sale, and Willian will be one of the most tempting.
The Brazilian was a target for Andre Villas Boas during his tenure at both Chelsea and Tottenham. Chelsea know exactly what he can do; they faced him twice in the Champions League group stage last season when he played for Shaktar Donesk.
Despite interest from Premier League clubs, the Brazilian winger made the switch from Shaktar to Anzhi for £30 million in January, but just seven months later, it looks like he might be available for considerably less.
Tottenham could well be in the market for a pacy winger with a few tricks up his sleeve in the coming weeks, with Gareth Bale heading to the Bernabeau in all likelihood. Willian will only cost them a small percentage of the fee they could recoup for the Welshman, so a transfer to London could be perfect for all parties.
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