Chelsea have successfully completed the signing of Brazilian ace Willian after he was granted a work permit today.
Willian was expected to join Spurs last week after completing a medical, but Chelsea hijacked their deal and offered a better financial package. That, coupled with the prospect of providing Champions League football, was enough to sway the deal their way.
Jose Mourinho has been confident of landing the Brazilian ever since Chelsea came in for the offer, but there were initial worries that might still opt for White Hart Lane, given Andre Villas-Boas' persistence in his pursuit.
The 25-year-old has been the subject of interest from many clubs this transfer window after Russian club Anzhi Makachkala transfer listed their whole team.
Manchester United were at one point rumoured to be mooting an offer, while Spurs and Liverpool were both in advanced talks with the player at different points in time.
The midfielder though signed a 5-year-deal at Stamford Bridge, and stated: "I'm very happy to be here, it's been a dream of mine to come and play here."
The Brazilian is reportedly looking forward to working with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and has been issued the number 22 Chelsea shirt.
Chelsea are also close to sealing a move for Willian's former team mate Samuel Eto'o as talks are said to be at an advanced stage.
The arrival of Willian has sparked the interest of other clubs for Spaniard Juan Mata. Sources suggest that Juan Mata could be a sporadic player this season as Jose Mourinho has a team selection headache with a significantly full attacking midfield department.
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