Thursday, 19 July 2012

Chelsea FC told they can sign Willian for €30m


Chelsea have been told they can sign Willian - providing they pay Shakhtar Donetsk €30million.
Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu earlier this week claimed Chelsea had failed with a €34m bid for the Brazil international and told a Romanian TV station that the 23-year-old was worth more than the £32m the Blues recently spent on Eden Hazard.
But, confusingly, Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov has claimed Chelsea can sign Willian providing they pay €30, suggesting Lucescu's recent claims were not completely truthful.
"I am sure that Willian will remain in Donetsk," Akhmetov told the club's official website.
"As for big clubs' interest in our players, we don't have a golden cage here - we are open to talks. And when an offer suits Shakhtar, we let a player leave.
"Regarding this situation, I clearly said that I would not even talk about a sum that is less than €30million.
"And if Chelsea or any other club offers for him the aforementioned sum I will let him go. At present, we have no such proposal.
"I am not waiting for an offer of €30mand do not want to be offered this amount of money which will result in us having a headache. Willian is a very important player who can help us."
Akhmetov also confirmed he had spoken with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in person recently when the Russian billionaire was in Donetsk during Euro 2012.
But while the Shakhtar supremo admits Willian's name came up in conversation, he insists no transfer negotiations took place.
"We exchanged views," added Akhmetov.
"He also said that he is a very good player. But, as I understand it, they are not going to pay this kind of money. And I know that we're not going to sell Willian for a lesser sum.
"I would not want us to receive such an offer. But if we receive it, I will respect the player's ambitions. If we don't receive it, Willian will remain at Shakhtar."

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