Manchester City have reportedly joined the race for Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Willian.
The 24-year-old was heavily linked to Tottenham Hotspur throughout the summer. Club chairman Daniel Levy even had discussions with the Ukrainian outfit over a deal but Spurs' initial offer of £11.8m was knocked back, while Chelsea remain long-time admirers of the Brazilian.
And the Premier League champions have now entered the chase, according to the Daily Mirror, as Roberto Mancini looks at options that can add more variety and flair to his attack, after failing to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the second year in a row. The report also claims that the Italian sent top scout Gary Worthington to watch Willian in some of his recent games.
However, it is understood that Shakhtar, who have already qualified to the last 16 of the Champions League, will wait till the end of the season before listening to offers for the midfielder. Willian has only two senior international caps to his name so far and it could make it difficult for the player to gain work permit in England.
Kompany: Chelsea Draw a Good Result
Meanwhile, City captain Vincent Kompany has stated that he is happy with his side's 0-0 draw with Chelsea at the weekend.
The result saw the Citizens slip back to second in the league table, a point behind leaders and derby rivals Manchester United but the defender is satisfied with the clean sheet at Stamford Bridge.
"It's always a difficult away game. I don't think there are many times we come here and win. In the end it was a draw and as a defender I am happy with a clean sheet - I guess that's what I'm going to take out of the game," Goal.com quoted the Belgian as saying.
Mancini's men visit the DW Stadium to take on Wigan Athletic in midweek.