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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,”

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.

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.