To Russia with love: Spurs and Chelsea miss out as Willian completes switch to mega rich Anzhi Makhachkala
Move has ended hopes of a summer move to the Premier League for the Brazil midfielder
Tottenham and Chelsea won't be getting their hands on Brazil midfielder Willian this summer after he finally sealed a big money move to mega-rich Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala today.
The 24-year-old completed his 35million euros (£30.4million) switch from Shakhtar Donetsk this morning, Anzhi have announced.
The news is a blow to Spurs and Chelsea who have long been linked with a move for the player. Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is a known admirer and the club are still searching for a creative midfielder to replace the likes of Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart who both left White Hart Lane last summer.
The Brazil international was particularly impressive against Chelsea in the Champions League this season, fuelling speculation that the Blues would make another move for him in the January transfer window.
A deal with Anzhi was initially thought to be going through on Thursday, but it then stalled after terms could not be agreed.
However, the Russian side said today he has now signed a "long-term deal", dashing any hopes Premier League clubs had of resurrecting a swoop in the summer.
The player will join up with his new team-mates at a training camp in Marbella later today.
On the ball: Willian has taken his talents to Russia
A statement on the Shakhtar website read: "FC Shakhtar and FC Anji reached an agreement regarding Willian's move to the Russian club in a transfer worth 35million euros.
"Shakhtar thanks Willian for the years spent at the club, for his goals and professionalism. We wish our former player success in his new team."
In all since joining Shakhtar from Corinthians in 2007, Willian has played 221 games for the club, scoring 37 goals.
He is also a full Brazil international having made his debut in 2011.
He joins a number of fellow Brazilians in the Anzhi squad, as well as high-profile names Samuel Eto'o and Lassana Diarra, but not Christopher Samba. The centre-back joined QPR on Thursday.
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