Manchester United battle Tottenham for Brazil playmaker

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Premier League champions Manchester United have joined the race to sign Brazilian playmaker Willian, according to the Daily Mail.

The 25-year-old is desperate to leave troubled Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, who have encountered financial difficulties after months of high spending, and the Red Devils are keen to capitalise.

However, United face stiff competition from Tottenham - who are preparing for life without Gareth Bale - and Liverpool, who have emerged as favourites to sign the former Shakhtar Donetsk attacker.

Willian has claimed that he would welcome a move to Liverpool - and does not appear particularly concerned about joining a club not competing in this season's Champions League.

"There was the Manchester City bid that was turned down," he was quoted as saying by ESPN Brasil. "Now I'm waiting for a new bid to arrive in the next days from a few clubs, like Liverpool.

"If it's really Liverpool, then it is surely a great club. I'm hopeful and very calm, just waiting for the best.

"England is my goal. I like the Premier League very much, I enjoy English football and certainly, if that happens, it will be very good for me and for my image."

United, though, are determined to make a marquee signing - and after missing out on the likes of Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas, the signing of Willian would be a major statement of intent from David Moyes ahead of the summer transfer window deadline on September 2.

Will the Brazilian fit in at Old Trafford - or should he move elsewhere?

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