OFFICIAL: Willian joins Chelsea

Willian having his medical at Chelsea
Willian having his medical at Chelsea

Chelsea have confirmed a deal  has been agreed to sign attacking midfielder Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala, subject to a work permit hearing on Wednesday.The 25-year-old Brazilian was close to joining Tottenham after having a medical last Wednesday.

But it is understood the Blues made their move at around 18:00 BST on Thursday, with a fee and personal terms agreed within 24 hours.

Chelsea are believed to have agreed to pay £30m to the Russian club.

The transfer was made possible after Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, whose fellow Russian oligarch Suleyman Kerimov owns Anzhi, intervened. Willian was expected to join Tottenham, but when the Blues stepped in he felt the chance to play Champions League football was too good to reject.image

Sources close to the player said Chelsea have made inquiries or offers for his services in every transfer window since 2011.

Willian will become the Stamford Bridge club’s third major summer acquisition following the arrivals of Germany forward Andre Schurrle and Netherlands midfielder Marco van Ginkel.

On Friday Blues manager Jose Mourinho had indicated that Willian would choose Chelsea over Tottenham. Willian joined Anzhi in January for a reported £30m after five-and-a-half seasons with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, but he became available as the Russian club attempt to cut costs after a change in strategy by their owner.

Tottenham had expected to break their transfer record and make Willian their fifth major summer signing.

Willian’s arrival at Stamford Bridge further strengthens a squad full of attack-minded midfielders including Eden Hazard, Oscar, Kevin De Bruyne, Schurrle and Juan Mata, who Mourinho insists will not be leaving.

12 Comments
  1. Kwabena Antwi Kuffour says

    yeah! thats it chelSea welldone, willian congrats, we da blues are now strong its only left with rooney and etoo then we will be unStoppable.Blues all da way.

  2. Marios Chelsea says

    I don’t believe he should worth 30m pounds (i think 34m in euros) if the price isn’t that high please correct me.Also I don’t think we need him cause we have a lot of attacking midfielders but who knows what Jose has in mind 😀

    1. Anonymous says

      he is worth that money, he is a great player and he would help us with the attacking and with him we are going to be unstoppable. I think he is worth that money.

  3. Neo says

    His a very good signing, all we need is de rossi or promote a youngster and rooney. Sell ba, moses, mikel.

    1. Jeff says

      stupid at sell Moses

  4. Arab says

    & why will U single out 3 Africans to be sold? How well is Torres playing that U decided that we leave him? Victor Moses was one of our best players in pre-season.The only problem Mikel has is that he doesn’t score goals but the protection he offers in that defensive mid role is 2nd to none in our team. If U ask me you’re being biased.

  5. Anonymous says

    Not a bad idea,i think.

  6. Adetayo says

    U pple always want the african players to leave our club(chelsea) but i think we ar gonna regret it ooo….i luv mikel,moses nd demba ba

  7. Adetayo says

    Pls dnt sell mikel nd moses

  8. Jeff says

    I know Willian played well against us last season and he been good for anzhi, but please can someone remind me the amount of players we are allowed to register in a given season?? cos I am wondering why we bought Schrulle if willian was coming and we got the little german on loan…A striker is priority

  9. Matt says

    Another attacking midfielder. Was this a priority?

  10. ernest williams says

    i have tel u chelsea fans any one that is saying chelsea should sale mikel or moses is a bad fan if u pipl luk well ystaday u will c that chelsea do nt hv team yet but we players but team nt.so mikel moses are very important to day mo dan any player now

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