It was July, Chelsea were in Asia and Jose Mourinho was conducting his press conference after his team had beaten Singha All-stars 1-0 in the Portuguese's first pre-season game since returning to the Blues.
The 'Special One' claimed that Chelsea only had one target to pursue for the remainder of the transfer window, Wayne Rooney, but it seems that the comment has turned out to just be a ploy to pile pressure on the front-man to force his move to west London further.
As news broke that Anzhi playmaker, Willian, was drawing closer to sealing a deal to join north London outfit, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea reacted quickly to reignite their interest in the man who can also operate on the wing.
Mourinho's side were first heavily linked with Willian in the January transfer window as the Brazilian begged his Ukrainian side, Shakhtar Donetsk, to allow him to leave to a top European league in order to gain the publicity to force his way into a star-studded Brazilian national team.
Although his efforts, the 25-year-old could not secure his dream move to Stamford Bridge due to his club demanding a hefty £35m to take him away from the Donbass Arena; consequently, he had to settle for Russian outfit, Anzhi Makhachkala.
However, the former Corinthians man failed to play his way into a fiercely competitive Brazilian squad for the Confederations Cup, which had the omissions of the likes of Ramires, Kaka, and Ronaldinho. Due to a shaky start to their league campaign, the Anzhi owner has pulled the plug on his multi-million investment, and has triggered an exodus of players at his club.
This meant Willian would be given another chance to secure his move to the Premier League; Spurs seemed to have all-but completed his signature, even undergoing his medical, with just a contractual signature remaining when Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich launched a lucrative bid of £30m to finally capture the Blues' long-term target.
Mourinho, confirmed the signing by a mere nod when the question was posed to him about whether he had stolen the deal from the clutches of Spurs, further underlining the club's ambition to run away with the Premier League title this season.
Willian left a lasting impression on the Chelsea scouting staff when he netted two goals in a Champions’ League group stage fixture against the Blues at Stamford Bridge, in which the home side luckily still grabbed a 3-2 victory. The purchase reinforces Mourinho's depth in choices in midfield areas for an already impressing attacking midfield squad, containing the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Juan Mata, Oscar, Andre Schurrle, and so on.
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