DONETSK, UKRAINE - APRIL 12: Daniel Alves (L) of Barcelona battles with Willian of Shakhtar Donetsk during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final 2nd Leg match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Barcelona at the Donbass Arena on April 12, 2011 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Daniel Levy apparently thought that £11.5 million would be enough to pry Willian away from Shakhtar Donetsk. That or it is just another of Daniel Levy's negotiating moves to buy a player at a penny cheaper than someone else would get him for. A penny saved is a penny earned and whatnot.
"Yes, I can confirm that the club's chairman has been in the Ukraine with a view to trying to buy Willian," a Spurs source told ESPN.
The £11.5 million bid has been widely reported so if not accurate, it is probably at least semi-accurate. If Spurs didn't lodge that bid, it is where Shakhtar have understood Tottenham to begin bidding at or what Spurs rate him at*. It is too widely reported for it to be complete B.S. It's just partial B.S. and with the transfer deadline as close as it is, that's pretty good!
* Probably the former because Tottenham can't actually think that he is worth just £11.5 million. Nobody can think he's worth just £11.5 million. The story of where that number came from is probably hilarious.
A Willian buy would seal Spurs' switch from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3. He would probably pass up Aaron Lennon as first choice on the right wing, while also being able to play the left wing in place of Gareth Bale when necessary.
Meanwhile, a midfield three of Sandro holding and Gylfi Sigurdsson and Moussa Dembele in front of the Brazilian looks pretty fantastic. Sorting out the front three is the only thing that is keeping Spurs from a 4-3-3 and Willian could do it.
So is Willian coming to Spurs? Who the hell knows. It probably won't be sorted out until tomorrow, but one thing that you can be certain of is that if he is sold, it will be for more than £11.5 million and Levy will have probably saved a penny.
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