Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane side vie for Brazilian playmaker.
Chelsea and Tottenham target Willian will not be allowed to leave Shakhtar Donetsk for anything less than £28million, according to the Ukrainian side’s coach Mircea Lucescu.
The Brazilian was thought to be close to moving to White Hart Lane in the summer and has been a long-term target for Chelsea.
But Shakhtar have slapped a huge price-tag on the 24-year-old, who has also attracted interest from Inter Milan.
“If [Inter president Massimo] Moratti asks me about Willian, I will tell him that Shakhtar want to achieve things in Europe and will not sell their players. There’s the buy-out clause, though, which is €35m (£28m) for Willian,” Lucescu told Tuttosport.
So Mircea Lucescu doesn’t want to sell Willian but is at pains to tell the world that they will do if his £28m release clause is met, which kind of defeats the purpose.
The Brazilian playmaker was strongly pursued by Tottenham over the summer but were not willing to meet that asking price however the form shown by the 24 year old, especially in the Champions League, may well mean that such a sum is not so hefty after all.
Andre Villas-Boas may feel his side is missing midfield creativity having seen Luka Modric and Rafael Van der Vaart leave over the summer and Roberto Di Matteo will have been impressed by Willian’s displays in the Blues two encounters with Shakhtar Donestk, during which the attacking midfielder netted twice at Stamford Bridge.
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