In what appears to be a surprising development, Chelsea are in negotiations with Anzhi Makachkala to sign playmaker Willian. The 25-year-old is believed to be undergoing a medical at Tottenham ahead of a £30 million move. Tottenham hijacked the player from Liverpool, and Chelsea are ready to give them a dose of their own medicine. He has not signed a contract with Tottenham yet and Chelsea still have time to complete the deal.
Willian is a playmaker capable of playing as anyone of the three behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but we have enough of those players already.
Andre Villas-Boas says that he was not aware of the sudden interest from Chelsea.
“We were just involved in a game so unfortunately I can’t give you further information.” – Villas-Boas.
Mourinho said that the club did not have Rooney as the sole transfer target, and that there were options B and C as well.
“We have plans B and C. Don’t ask me names because it’s difficult to speak about players from other clubs.” – Mourinho.
Eleven midfielders and counting:
If there was one area Chelsea didn’t need strengthening, then it had to be the midfield. The club has 11 midfielders without counting the likes of David Luiz, who can also play as a midfielder. Hence, you would assume that the club has finished its transfer activity in this position. In fact, that’s what Jose Mourinho has also been saying to the press. Chelsea have been linked only with strikers like Wayne Rooney and Samuel Eto’o.
This transfer would not make sense unless someone is sold, and strangely, it could be Juan Mata. He has been constantly linked with a move away since Mourinho came and he has played just over 60 mins this season.
To be honest, this seems like ‘Plan Z’ to me. Chelsea have had a past interest in Willian, but he is not a player we need right now; especially not at £30 million.
What do you think? Do Chelsea need him?