Stamford Bridge side keen on bringing in long term target.
Chelsea are said to be readying a move to sign long term target Willian after learning of his side’s urgent push to cut costs according to the Daily Express.
The 24 year old Brazilian international attacker was strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge before opting to make a £30m move from Shakhtar Donetsk to Anzhi back in January but now the talented creative midfielder may well be set for an exit from the Russian Premier League side as they look to cash in a number of star performers.
Anzhi’s president Konstantin Remchukov announced his intentions to scale back the club’s expenditure, stating on Twitter:
“The main news is that Anzhi will undergo a reformatting.
“Many of our expensive stars will leave Anzhi, while the club’s budget will be decreased to $50-$70 million (£32.5-£45.5m) a year.
“We failed to clinch rapid success. Now Anzhi will develop its academy according to the medium-term plans of club development.”
Jose Mourinho has brought in youngster Marco van Ginkel and Andre Schurrle and veteran keeper Mark Schwarzer but arguably could well still be keen on bringing another ‘Marquee’ signing and though the Blues squad is full of quality creative talents this doesn’t appear to have deterred interest from Chelsea in Willian.
Prior to his move to Anzhi Willian enjoyed six successful years in the Ukraine, during which he helped Shakhtar to four domestic titles and the UEFA Cup.
The chance to join fellow national team colleagues Ramires, David Luiz and Oscar could also be a factor that assists Chelsea in their push to sign Willian, who one would have imagined would cost less than the £30m Anzhi invested in the player given the Dagestan based side’s push to balance the books.