It is being reported by the Guardian’s Andy Hunter that Liverpool have refused to budge on their valuation of Anzhi midfielder Willian, paving the way for a move to Tottenham.
It was believed at the beginning of Willian’s availability that he favoured Liverpool, however Brendan Rodgers’ side obviously feel happy enough to stand firm on their original interest of around £30million.
This is similar to the move for Henrikh Mkhitaryan earlier in the summer, which saw him move to Borussia Dortmund after the Merseyside club refused to raise their bid.
This is a world away from Liverpool’s previous regime, who were prepared to spend vastly beyond the general market value of their targets in securing the likes of Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll.
Liverpool are resigned to defeat in the pursuit of Willian, which is a good job having been out-bid by Tottenham and with the Brazilian reportedly undergoing a medical in London. The Anfield club were first to move for the midfielder following news of the budget-slashing at Anzhi Makhachkala and had made good progress on a £30m deal by the weekend, albeit without taking his signature for granted having missed out on Henrik Mkhitaryan and Diego Costa. That caution was well-placed when Spurs arrived with a better offer to both Anzhi and the player. Liverpool refused to go above their initial valuation and Willian is White Hart Lane bound as a result.