Brazilian play-maker and long term Andre Villas Boas target, Willian, may finally be moving on from Shakhtar Donetsk, but it’s Juventus who look the favourites to sign him ahead of AVB’s Spurs.
Willian must have made a good impression in the Champions League this week as Shakhtar managed to hold Juventus in their own back yard to a 1-1 draw.
£25million might be enough to prise Willian away from Ukraine in January and it’s Juventus who look ready to stump up the cash as it is rumoured the Italian champions have already contacted Shakhtar since Tuesdays game.
But where does this leave AVB and Spurs? The Tottenham manager has been an admirer of the midfielder since his time at Chelsea and he obviously feels he would benefit his system greatly.
Roman Abramovich refused to fund the move at Chelsea and AVB could face the same situation at Spurs as Daniel Levy has also been put off by the hefty price tag.
So will Villas Boas turn his attentions elsewhere to find a playmaker or will he settle for what he already has at his disposal. Players like Dembele, Dempsey and Sigurdsson can certainly do a good job at dictating the play but Spurs lack a real top quality playmaker since the departures of Modric and Van der Vaart.
The Joao Moutinho deal seems to be dead for now, but if Spurs were to make a move in January Malaga’s Isco could be in AVB’s firing line.
Brazilian Ganso was being linked with Spurs in the summer transfer window and a move could still be done to bring him to London, however Isco is a new rumour that has cropped up after the attackers impressive start to the season and Malaga’s current fire sale situation.
A top quality playmaker could give Spurs that extra boost towards the Champions League places and Willian would have been a perfect fit for AVB’s side but they will perhaps have to look elsewhere to replace Modric.