Andre Villas-Boas has been courting Luka Modric all summer and has had multiple bids knocked back already. Redknapp and Levy have made their stance very clear over the past few months: Luka Modric is NOT for sale. But as we so often see, the ‘bigger’ clubs (apologies for the use of that phrase) get their way more often than not and it would be foolish not to line up a replacement just in case.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Willian of Shakhtar Donetsk has been sounded out as an ideal €20m replacement for Luka Modric should he depart. The skilled midfielder, who can operate on either wing aswell, has a decent passing range and good dribbling ability in addition to some good old Brazilian flair.
Willian has never recieved a full cap for Brazil but has 11 U20 caps and a Work Permit is not thought to be a foreseeable issue. He was once a target for local rivals neighbours and should they capture him it would be both a feather in Redknapp’s cap and the recruitment of a very talented player. He has made close to 100 appearances for Shakhtar since joining in 2007 and has featured in the Champions League and the Europa Cup. The adapting process to the Premier League would likely be swift since he has played against English opposition before and has more than a taste for European football.
Is he as good as Luka Modric? Probably not, but it would be an adequate start in replacing the midfield maestro if he were to leave. What are your thoughts on Willian?
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