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Have Tottenham agreed a €35m fee for Willian?

by Kevin Coleman

Russian publication Sport Express is reporting that Tottenham have agreed a £35million to sign Anzhi midfielder Willian.

Liverpool, they say, have also tabled a bid, but £5million below Tottenham’s valuation – which apparently includes a percentage of the player’s next sale price.

According to the “SE”, “Tottenham” agreed with “Anji” on the transfer midfielder Willian. The deal is estimated at 35 million euros. In addition, Makhachkala receive a percentage of the transfer of the next player. Earlier it was reported that a 25-year-old Brazilian’s “Liverpool” offered 30 million euros plus 50 percent of the possible future resale player. Also, according to the “SE”, a football player would like to see in your part of “Zenith” and “Miner”, ready to die for it Makhachkala 40 million euros. Recall that in the current season Willian spent in the Premier League 4 games and made 2 assists. (Vyacheslav Korotkina)

The rumours over Willian may have reached their peak. We’d expect a concrete decision to be made by the club and the player in the next week, but Tottenham and Liverpool are definitely the two front-runners.

As mentioned above, Willian has two assists in four games this season for the Russian side. It’s not clear how he will slot into the Liverpool side, who still have Luis Suarez to return and see Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge playing to a high level, while Iago Aspas showed great signs in his league debut.

Tottenham moving for the player, who is mostly a left sided player, makes much more sense considering the likelihood Gareth Bale will leave the club. Willian won’t provide the same strength and burst the Welshman can offer, but he does have the same skill and playmaking ability that will make him a danger to any defence in the Premier League.

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