The Brazilian ace was expected to put pen to paper at White Hart Lane after successfully passing a medical, but now the Blues have made a late move for his services.
Billionaire Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has personally waded into the saga in a bid to push through a move by contacting Anzhi owner, Suleyman Kerimov, to offer £32million for the player.
Willian is now discussing a switch to Stamford Bridge, which – given his personal admission of a desire to play in the Champions League – could be a a more appealing choice.
Spurs were believed to have made the South American their replacement for Gareth Bale, who looks set to make his long awaited switch to Real Madrid in the coming days.
Willian was initially linked with Liverpool, but Tottenham moved late to outbid their rivals.
Despite having a wealth of attacking midfielders, Chelsea are still keen on the 25-year-old, who is a player who they feel will slot seamlessly into the first-team set-up.
Spurs are also in the race for Roma’s Erik Lamela, a player they have been tracking for some time.
Is Willian really worth the fuss Chelsea fans? Or will Liverpool and Tottenham be dodging a bullet?
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