Brazilian forward could be Stamford Bridge-bound.
Chelsea could make a move for Brazilian forward Willian after Premier League rivals Manchester City dropped out of the running for the 25-year-old, according to the Daily Star.
The Anzhi Makhachkala star first made a name for himself with Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk, and has been listed as a Chelsea transfer target in the past, particularly after he impressed against them in last season’s Champions League.
With Anzhi now in financial crisis, Willian is one of several players who is likely to be on their way out of the club, though his team-mate Samuel Eto’o has also been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
It is thought, however, that these attacking players are only backup plans for Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who has his sights set firmly on signing want-away Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
United are determined not to sell Rooney, though it is thought that the England international is also holding out for a move to Mourinho’s side.
Much will be decided in the final weeks of the transfer window, but it seems perhaps that City’s spending is over for the summer, as they have opted not to add Willian to their list of new players, which includes Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo.