Liverpool are leading the race to sign Anzhi Makhachkala star Willian after the player reportedly claimed he would be keen on a move to Anfield, reports TeamTalk.
The 25-year-old Brazilian international ace has admitted his preference to move to England should he leave the Russian league in this transfer window and that he would welcome a move to Merseyside.
Manchester City reportedly tried to sign Willian from his previous club Shakhtar Donetsk prior to his big money move to Anzhi, while both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are regularly talked about as admirers of his talent.
Though his quotes to ESPN Brazil would suggest it would be Liverpool that would be his prference;
Kerimov told us that Anzhi won’t make further investments…Russian players will join and foreign players would be free to go,” Willian is quoted as saying on ESPN Brazil.
“He made it clear that if good bids arrive, close to what he paid for the players, that he would certainly help us go.
“There was the Manchester City bid that was turned down. Now I’m waiting for a new bid to arrive in the next days from a few clubs, like Liverpool.
“If it’s really Liverpool, then it is surely a great club. I’m hopeful and very calm, just waiting for the best.
“England is my goal. I like the Premier League very much, I enjoy English football and certainly, if that happens, it will be very good for me and for my image.
“I know there have been some talks, but I don’t know the values, the agent didn’t tell me, he just said there were talks with some clubs, he didn’t name them, but I think they are Engl
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been on the hunt for a marquee signing all summer as doubts over Luis Suarez’s future on Merseyside continue to make the back pages. A recent attempt to sign Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa in a huge 22 million move was rebuffed when the player signed a new deal at the Spanish club but these quotes from Willian could lead to him making an audacious bid for the Brazilian before the transfer window shuts in September.
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