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Is Willian Really Worth £20M Of Mr Levy’s Cold Hard Cash?

According to reports circulating around the Internet, the apparent interest from Tottenham Hotspur in attacking midfielder Willian has reached a stalemate, with his current Club Shakhtar Donetsk refusing to budge on their minimum £20 million valuation.

The play-maker, who has been a pivotal member for Shakhtar since his £12 million pound move from Corinthians in 2007, has long been rumoured to join the ranks of the Premier League big guns, with Chelsea having several bids rebuffed in the past 18 months.

Now it seems that Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas, who had a short tenure at the Blues last season, will now be looking to add their long term target to his Tottenham revolution. For such a hefty price tag, which seems to certain to be above the aforementioned £20 million mark, is Willian worth such money.

The short answer is yes, originally the thought was that such money should go on further strengthening their forward line, as well as their goalkeeping issues. But with recent rumours circulating the possible departure of Spurs play-maker Rafael Van Der Vaart to Hamburg, AVB will certainly be looking to reinforce a rapidly depleting Spurs midfield with some well known quality.

The Brazil international, who scored 5 goals in 27 appearances for the Ukrainian side last season, would be an astute signing even if Van Der Vaart was to stay. The Dutchman has a history of being injury prone, and with Tom Huddlestone set to regain match fitness out on loan, Willian would be an excellent signing for Tottenham.

The only issue left bar his price tag would be if he could handle the physicality of the Premier League. Brazilian imports, especially those in the midfield/attacking midfield position, have generally been rather hit or miss over the years. From the brilliance of Juninho for Middlesbrough, to the disaster that was Kleberson for Manchester United, Willian would pose a possible risk for such a high price. But if he was to find his feet and provide Adebayor and Defoe with the balls they need to score, then £20 million will seem like an absolute bargain in the long run.

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