Chelsea complete Brazilian signing
Chelsea have completed the signing of Brazilian forward Willian after he was granted a work permit.
Sky Sports reports that the 25-year-old has signed a five year contract at Stamford Bridge, following his move from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala for a fee thought to be in the region of £25.5 million.
The Brazil international, who was poised to sign for Tottenham Hotspur, will wear the number 22 shirt for The Blues.
Willian has been involved in a dramatic transfer saga for much of this summer’s window.
He initially held talks with Liverpool over a move to the Premier League, after Anzhi’s owner, Suleyman Kerimov, transfer listed the entire team in an effort to cut the spiralling wage bill at the Russian club.
However the Brazilian then appeared to have chosen Spurs over a move to Merseyside, and flew into London to hold talks and even completed a medical.
Finally, in a dramatic twist, it emerged late last week that Chelsea had made a last ditch effort to hijack the deal, and that Willian would be bound for Stamford Bridge.
“I’m very happy to be here,” Willian told the club’s website. “It’s been a dream of mine to come and play here.
“Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world, and now I’m going to play for one of the best managers in the world, so I’m very happy and looking forward to it.”
Willian is not part of Chelsea’s Super cup squad who travel to Prague to face Bayern Munich on Friday night, so will have to wait until after the international break to make his debut for the club when they face Everton away on September 14.