Tottenham Hotspur have beaten Liverpool to the signing of Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder Willian according to Russian sports paper Sport-Express.
The paper is reporting that the two clubs have reached agreement on a deal which would cost Spurs just under £30million plus a percentage of any future sale of the Brazilian international.
If the deal goes through as suggested it would be Spurs third time breaking their transfer record this summer after signing both Paulinho and Roberto Soldado for £17million and £25million respectively.
Willian has been on Spurs” radar for a number of years but the club were priced out of negotiations for his transfer from Shaktar Donetsk when Anzi offered £30million but with chairman Daniel Levy being given the green light to invest heavily in first team players this summer by club owner Joe Lewis it appears that such a few is within Spurs” range now.
Anzi are desperate to clear their huge wage bill and recoup some of their extravagant spending over the last few years by selling their first team players.
Spurs are also in the process of luring Erik Lamela from Serie A side Roma as the Argetine forward”s agent is in London for reports with the North London club”s technical director Franco Baldini.
Lamela scored 19 goals in 62 games for Roma since joining from River Plate in 2011 and the Italian club are hoping to secure him on a new long term online casino deal which would see the youngster”s wages come in line with some of the other first team players but his agent has a prior relationship with Baldini, from his time at Roma, that may mean a move is on the cards this summer is Spurs meet the asking fee.
The 21 year old would also cost in the region of £30million and his arrival at White Hart Lane this summer could hinge on the future of Gareth Bale who is awaiting progress on his protracted transfer to Real Madrid.
The Spanish side are hoping that the Welshman can force his way out of Tottenham but with manager Andre Villas-Boas already ruling him out of the team for the opening fixture”s it is unlikely that Bale can use disruptive tactics as a way of getting the move he desires.
Bale did not travel for the opening day win over Crystal Palace on Sunday and won”t feature against Dynamo Tiblisi in the Europa League qualifying round over the next week or against Swansea City in the league