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Jan 312013
 

Chelsea target Willian had been firmly expected to move to mega-rich Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, but that failed to materialise today.

Chelsea and Spurs have long been admirers of the Brazilian playmaker, who has been outstanding for Shakhtar Donetsk for some time now. He scored 3 goals against the Blues this season in his 2 Champions League games, and played an integral part in Chelsea’s expulsion from the competition they won only last season.

Spurs are keen to add some creativity to their midfield, having sold the likes of Rafael Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric last summer. They had failed to sign Joao Moutinho on deadline day over the summer, and were expected to add to their midfield options this month.

The Brazilian admitted to being in contact with Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, and declared once more of his wishes to leave the Ukrainian club.

Willian said: “Everyone inside Shakhtar knows I am keen to leave.”

On Tottenham Hotspur boss AVB, he added: “Villas-Boas is a good guy, we speak on the phone and are constantly in touch.”

The 25 year-old is keen to leave Ukraine, adding: “I do not intend to be here any longer after the next window.

“On the other hand, nowadays things are much different from when I arrived. Shakhtar get more attention, we are in the Champions League.

Shakhtar know the situation and are already planning for life without their star player, having recently signed a ready made replacement in the form of Taison Freda.

“It is no secret that he has arrived to take my position when I leave,” Willian said. “Everybody knows this.”

Willian is no doubt an outstanding player who possesses a great amount of flair, and is a player who can change a game in the way that Juan Mata can. Mata has almost single-handedly won some of Chelsea’s games this season, and we need more match-winning players in his mould.

Jan 152013
 

Chelsea target Willian has fallen out with current club Shakhtar Donetsk, after failing to return from the clubs winter break on time.

Willian was still in Brazil while the rest of his team-mates completed their first training session since Christmas.

His manager Mircea Lucescu said: “It is not very nice to say that Willian did not return from holiday on time and thus he is exerting a certain pressure on the club. I think it was unprofessional of him.

“The president decided to do everything possible to sign a player of Willian’s level, who already has experience of playing at a high standard. We look forward to having Willian again and I would like him to come back and behave as he did before – as a professional and decent man.

“I would like him to solve his problems in a civilised manner here in Donetsk, and not by phone. I have great respect for Willian and I would not like him to be put under pressure by the people who surround him, and who perhaps advise him the wrong things.

“He should reject the advice of those who surround him, they are not doing very good things. With or without Willian, Shakhtar will move on.”

The 24 year-old is said to be actively seeking a move away from the club, and has spoken out about his love for the Premier League.

Spurs along with Chelsea have been rebuffed in their attempts to sign the forward in the past year, with both clubs continuing to be linked with the forward.

The Brazilian has been a key member of the Shakhtar first team, playing a huge part in Chelsea’s elimination from this season’s Champions League group stages. He scored 3 goals in the two games against the Blues, further enhancing his reputation as a world class playmaker.

I hope Chelsea can firm up their interest in the player, who would jump at the chance to play for our illustrious club. He can play anywhere in midfield as well as be used as a back-up striker. £22Million is a very reasonable price for such a talent. Will we turn another Brazilian Blue?

Jan 122013
 

Chelsea lost out on their bid to sign Taison Freda yesterday, as the Brazilian joined Shakhtar Donestk.

This could turn out to be a blessing in disguise, with Shakhtar thought to have signed Taison to soften the loss of Willian to the Premier League.

Willian has been a long-time target of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, with his impressionable performances in the Champions League for the Ukrainian club.

The 24 year-old’s £22Million fee is thought to be quite steep for Spurs, but may wish to try and splash the cash for such a highly rated player.

Tottenham have lost Emmanuel Adebayor to African Cup of Nations duty, leaving the in-form Jermain Defoe as their only out-and-out striker. Willian is mainly used as an attacking midfielder, but can double up as a forward and could fill the void left by the Togo striker´s absence.

Chelsea however are seeking a long term replacement for Frank Lampard, who is set to be released from the club at the end of the season when his contract expires.

The Blues have been linked with the Brazilian midfielder constantly in recent months, partly down to his input in eliminating the West-London club from the Champions League with his two outstanding performances against us in the group stages.

I would like to see Willian join the club, but personally believe he would be bolstering the attacking midfield position, as opposed to our aim of attracting a quality replacement for Lampard. I place Modric in the same light, with Marouane Fellaini a more fitting alternative.

The Belgian can play anywhere in midfield or as a second-striker, and would prefer to see the Evertonian join the club. Do you agree?

Jan 112013
 

Chelsea had looked as if they had completed a deal with Metalist Kharkiv for their forward, Taison Freda, but now look set to lose out to Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Blues had agreed terms with the player last week, and was all set to raise their initial £8.4Million bid up to the £11M requested by the Ukrainian club.

Metalist’s new owner Serhiy Kurchenko appears to be the new stumbling block for the deal, with his proposed dis-like of Chelsea oligarch Roman Abramovich. Kurchenko purchased Taison’s club from owner Oleksandr Yaroslavsky who had been assisting the Blues in their bid to sign the Brazilian.

Chelsea will now have to meet the release clause in the attacking midfielder’s contract for the deal to go any further, which is thought to be around the £12.5Million mark. Shakhtar Donetsk are the latest team to make an approach for the player, and are now favourites for his signature.

Abramovich will not have liked being messed around, and may decide to splash his cash elsewhere, with Marouane Fellaini being heavily linked with the club for some time.

The Belgian is very ambitious, and is currently Everton’s top goalscorer despite claiming he is best as a defensive midfielder.

Fellaini is apparently available for £25Million due to a clause in his contract, and Chelsea are keen to add to their creative midfield.

The Blues are all set to let Frank Lampard leave the club at the end of the season, leaving a large hole in the squad as well as in the hearts of all Chelsea fans. Lampard is considered a legend at Stamford Bridge, having won every club competition open to English teams apart from the World Club Cup.

Chelsea won’t mind spending £12.5Million on the player should they rate the player high enough, but Roman is very stubborn and may wish to do business elsewhere. I would rather see a more established player arrive at Stamford Bridge however, such as Willian or Fellaini.

If Shakhtar were to complete the signing of Taison, that may allow us more leverage in our attempts to sign Willian, with the attacking midfielder already declaring his wish to join the Premier League. I would love to see the Shakhtar forward arrive, but who knows what is going on inside Roman’s head…

Dec 212012
 

Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian has admitted he wanted to jump at the chance to sign for Chelsea when their offer came in, and still hopes to move to a bigger team in the near future.

The versatile attacking midfielder attracted plenty of attention over the summer, with Tottenham and Chelsea very keen on the player.

Chelsea had a bid rejected by the Ukrainian side, and Willian expressed his desire to move away from the club.

The Brazilian said: “My goal is to play for a bigger club in a high level league.

“If I tell you that I was happy, I would be lying. My desire was there, with a 25million euros (£20.3m) offer from a big club like Chelsea. I wanted to pack my things and go, but I can’t do that as I am under contract.

“It shows how much Shakhtar like me and shows that I am doing a good job, which is why they wanted me to stay.

“I have tried to convince them many times to let me go. I know that Juventus and Chelsea have made offers to buy me and that motivates me a lot.

“The club know that I want to leave, everyone knows that. The president has told me that he’ll let me go for 30million euros and my intention is to sign for a big club.

Chelsea are currently in the hunt for valuable attacking options to add to the squad in January and may reignite their interest in the midfielder/striker. Willian played a part in Chelsea’s demise in the Champions League, scoring in both group fixtures against the West London club.

He has been in great form for Shakhtar, and is available for a very reasonable £24.5million. If Chelsea were to fail in their bid for Fellaini, I believe Willian would be a more than gracious replacement. The Brazilian forward could add some experience to our squad, which could prove invaluable with the expected loss of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard in the summer. Who would you prefer? Willian or Fellaini?

Nov 282012
 

The midfielder who has set the Champions League alight this season, having helped them to qualify for the knock-out rounds with a game to play, has openly talked up a move to the Premier League this season.

The playmaker has been put high on the wish-lists of Tottenham Hotspur as well as Chelsea, but is rumoured to be in favour of a move to the Champions League holders.

The Brazilian moved to Shakhtar in August 2007, and has won a host of honours with the club, including 4 Ukrainian league titles, 3 Ukrainian Cups and the 2009 UEFA Cup.

“I’m very happy with my moment at the club and I intend to keep living this moment,” Willian told Globo Esporte.

“As for a possible transfer, there will be offers for sure and I work so that it happens.

“My club and my representatives will decide my future. I’m focused on helping Shakhtar to keep making history in the Champions League.”

Both Chelsea and Tottenham are likely to bid for Willian in January, but the player may wish to play out their Champions League campaign.

Nov 272012
 

With christmas songs starting to be played all around us, football clubs are starting to line up their January wish-list, which always leads to the usual rumours. There is no surprise that there is a fair share of Chelsea transfer rumours appearing in the media, especially with Torres yet to score in nearly two months.

The Daily Mirror are claiming that Manchester City will now fight Chelsea and Tottenham for Willian’s signature. Chelsea have seen first hand in this years Champions League how dangerous the player can be to defences, with the player scoring 3 goals against the blues in their 2 group games and are said to be long-time admirers of the Brazilian.

The Daily Express is claiming that Chelsea are preparing to pull off a major coup by luring Liverpool star Luis Suarez to Stamford Bridge, the player who cost Chelsea two points a couple of weeks ago, and has single-handedly been keeping Liverpool out of the relegation zone.

The Daily Express is also claiming that Chelsea are on course to sign Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony in January. The player has been in fine scoring form for the past 11 months, and has been dubbed the next ‘Didier Drogba’.

Southampton are set to open contract talks with teen starlet Luke Shaw in a bid to keep the Premier League’s big guns at bay. Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all keen on the young left-back according to the Daily Star.

Last but not least, Chelsea Legend Frank Lampard is widely expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, and Monaco are the latest team to be linked with the England midfielder.

I wont be happy so see Frank go but it might just be the right time for him to move on. And the thought of Luis Suarez joining Chelsea has me in mixed emotions, I quite enjoy disliking the Uruguayan striker but I have a feeling he could be great for our team. What are your thoughts on Suarez at Chelsea?

Nov 142012
 

Shakhtar Donetsk´s coach Mircea Lucescu has said that they have no intention to sell Willian, but admits they may not have a choice.

Willian has bin in scintillating form for Shakhtar in the Champions League this season, especially in his two performances against Chelsea, where he played his part in each of their 4 goals scored against us, scoring their 2 goals at Stamford Bridge, and has recently been linked with a move to Chelsea and Inter Milan.

His coach Lucescu said: “If Massimo Moratti asks me about Willian, I will tell him that Shakhtar want to achieve things in Europe and will not sell their players. There’s the buy-out clause, though, which is €35m for Willian,”

“Chelsea paid €31m for Oscar this summer. The difference between Willian and Oscar is that Willian is much more mature, and has already plenty of Champions League experience and has played in a strong European league for years.

“The Blues wanted to sign Willian this summer for €20m, but we turned them down. They went for Hazard for over €30m instead. Fact remains that we do not want to sell him.”

With Falcao´s price tag looking around €60 million, this might be a cheaper alternative, or if Roman Abramovich was willing to splash out on both, Willian could play anywhere in midfield or up front. Who wouldn´t want the versatile Willian?

Nov 092012
 

The Shakhtar playmaker Willian was immense in both matches against Chelsea in this season’s Champions League, and he has admitted that he was wanted by Chelsea last summer and he is very hopeful that the Ukrainian side will give him his wish to move to the Premiership in the future.

Willian said: “Chelsea and Spurs have made offers for me in the past.

“Who knows what will happen in the future. Maybe they will come back.

“At the moment all I am thinking about is Shakhtar and helping them to qualify for the next round of the Champions League.

“But I have always thought that one day I want to play for a big club in England, Spain or Italy, so it’s very important for me to play so well against such an important team as Chelsea.”

How many Chelsea fans would jump to have the speedy little Brazilian at the club?

Oct 242012
 

Chelsea suffered their first Champions League defeat under Roberto Di Matteo last night against Shakhtar Donetsk, and it certainly made me wish I could turn back to the clock and change a couple of decisions made by Roman Abramovich in the last few seasons. For starters I was over the moon when Di Matteo finally took Fernando Torres off the field after 70 minutes of last nights game.

In the last three Chelsea games Torres has consistently failed to even shoot when through on goal never mind getting anywhere near a miss, and every time he has received the ball he has dribbled round in circles until an opponent has taken the ball of him. Chelsea fans may as well play the lotto online as hope for Torres to finally hit the target. We may as well have played with ten men rather than have him on the pitch. Why on Earth did Abramovich pay such a ridiculous sum for him again?

Secondly I wish that Chelsea had have tried harder to get the Brazilian Willian from Shakhtar when they came close 14 months ago. He may be small (and reminded me of a young Michael Jackson!) but he ran rings around the Chelsea defence every time he got the ball. The Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu made it clear that Abramovich could have bought Willian if they had realised his true value.

“Chelsea didn’t even get anywhere near to our requirements,” said Lucescu. “Speaking specifically about the amounts, they officially offered the sum for which we had bought him young. I would really like them to highly appreciate his true value in this Champions League tie and realise they made a big mistake by not offering what he is worth.”

Can you imagine what a different outcome would have been last night if Willian had been on the pitch instead of Torres? It doesn’t bear thinking about. Anyway all I have to say now is – Bring on Falcao and let Torres go the other way. PLEASE!