August 22, 2013 – Willian passes a medical at Tottenham. August 25, 2013 – Willian agrees a deal to signal for Chelsea.
The Brazilian ahead regarded all set for a transfer to Spurs in the summertime of 2013 earlier than the Blues swooped in on the final second to signal him for £30million.
Willian has been a incredible servant throughout his seven-year keep at Stamford Bridge, profitable two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup in addition to the Europa League.
His efforts haven’t gone unnoticed both, with the participant selecting up quite a few particular person accolades at Chelsea, together with the Chelsea Participant of the Yr award in 2015/16 and the Chelsea Gamers’ Participant of the Yr on two events.
In the meantime, Spurs spent their cash funded by the sale of Gareth Bale on the likes of Paulinho and Roberto Soldado in that fateful summer season.
However now Willian’s keep at Chelsea is coming to an finish may this be Spurs’ likelihood to lastly get their man?
Keep in mind, Jose Mourinho was answerable for Chelsea after they nabbed the participant from their London rivals’ grasp.
Spurs haven’t actually proven an curiosity in signing Willian, 32, this time however it seems to be like he’s type of doing the soiled on them as soon as once more.
That’s as a result of he’s on the verge of signing for Spurs’ rivals, Arsenal, having reportedly accomplished a medical with the Gunners.
Historical past tells us that simply because Willian has handed a medical, it doesn’t imply the transfer is remaining. Nevertheless it appears to be a matter of time earlier than this one formally goes via.
Not so much brings Chelsea and Arsenal collectively however stopping Spurs from enhancing their squad is a standard curiosity each golf equipment will share.
And talkSPORT.com has taken a more in-depth have a look at how Willian’s potential switch to Spurs fell via on the eleventh hour all these years in the past.
It’s understood Chelsea had made enquiries or affords for his providers in each switch window since 2011, nonetheless, Spurs turned frontrunners to signal the then-Anzhi Makhachkala star after agreeing a deal in precept with the Russian membership.
In 2018, Willian make clear the chain of occasions that unfolded that noticed him ultimately signal for Chelsea, insisting he all the time needed to signal for the Blues.
He advised Brazil TV present Resenha: “ my goal was to go to Chelsea, however since Chelsea don’t need, then we’re going to Tottenham. I mentioned ‘oh, I’m going to signal with Tottenham, anyway, there’s no different choice’”.
Nevertheless, as soon as Chelsea obtained wind that Willian was in England, proprietor Roman Abramovich determined to intervene.
Anzhi was owned by fellow Russian oligarch Suleyman Kerimov and Chelsea subsequently made their transfer.
Willian added: “Then we’re going within the van, on the way in which, get to the coaching centre, Kia [Joorabchian], my agent, is already down there, ready. I assumed it was bizarre, he was already on the door.
“Then I obtained out of the van, he mentioned, ‘now we have issues’. I mentioned, ‘oh, what occurred?’
Then he mentioned, ‘Chelsea made a suggestion’. I mentioned, ‘So make do, I’ll get again within the van, you’ll make do and I’ll go to Chelsea, I can’t signal with Tottenham.’”
Nevertheless, Willian and his workforce have been unable to simply head on over to west London, resulting in a really awkward trade at Spurs’ coaching base.
Willian mentioned: “I stayed there for eight hours within the coaching centre.
“Tottenham’s director mentioned ‘I’m going to report you to FIFA, this and that, followers right here in England will boo you, this and that’.
“They made up a whole lot of issues. I obtained caught there for eight hours. Then I left and I went straight to fulfill the Chelsea folks to kind the main points and signal.”
Ultimately, he left the premises and Willian promptly signed for Chelsea.
He’s been an enormous contributor in direction of their success in recent times, whereas all Spurs are left with are ideas of what may need been as their anticipate a primary main trophy since 2008 goes on…