Liverpool and Tottenham are set to go head- to-head in signing Chelsea target and Anzhi Makhachkala winger Willian, according to the Sun. The Brazilian international has long been on the Europa League winners' radar and are interested in landing him this summer.
The 25-year-old joined the Russian club in January from Shakhtar Donetsk in a £30m move. However, the financial crisis at Anzhi has seen them change their transfer policies, as they look to offload their high-profile players to balance the finances. This includes the likes of Samuel Eto'o, who has issued come and get me plea to Chelsea.
The report claims the Reds are set to rival the north Londoners as both clubs are keen on bringing Willian to England, which could see them cough £35m for his signature. Brendan Rodgers is keen on bringing a star player this summer as he admitted that he is in the market to add quality to Liverpool's current squad.
Liverpool had been interested in signing Henrik Mkhitaryan and Diego Costa this summer. However, the Armenian midfielder snubbed a chance to join the Reds and completed his move to Borussia Dortmund while the Atletico Madrid attacker insisted to continue in the Spanish capital.
In addition to this, Rodgers is also believed to have lost the race in signing long-term target Christian Eriksen, who has set his heart on joining Andre Villas-Boas at Spurs. With Liverpool already missing out on signing three players, they are keen to bring Willian to Anfield.
Spurs' move for Willian will heavily depend on Gareth Bale's future at White Hart Lane. The north London club are willing to pay £35m for the Brazilian's signature only if they allow the Welsh international to make a huge money move to Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, the Express reports Manchester City have withdrawn their desire in signing Willian. The Citizens were believed to be one among the clubs keen on signing the winger, but have cooled their interest in landing him.
Willian revealed that he had his heart set on making a move to England during the winter transfer window, but was blocked by Shakhtar back then. He could get his dream move completed, if either of the top flight Premier League clubs decide to sign him before the transfer window shuts.