Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills has claimed that Daniel Levy could block Willian’s potential move to Tottenham due to the winger snubbing a move to the club seven years ago.
The Chelsea star whose contract with the Blues runs out in the summer has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham over the last few months.
Mundo Deportivo have installed the Lilywhites as the favourites to secure his signature should he become a free agent, while Football Insider previously reported that Spurs are set to make an early move to bring the 31-year-old to North London.
However, Mills believes that the Brazilian’s previous decision to snub Tottenham in favour of a move to Chelsea could work against him this summer.
Willian famously came really close to a move to North London in 2013 after completing a medical with the club, only for Chelsea to steal him under the Lilywhites’ noses (Guardian).
Speaking about the winger’s potential move to Spurs, Mills told Football Insider: “He would be a great addition but I think it is very unlikely.
“Of course, he has turned them down before. I am not sure Daniel Levy will have that in any way shape or form.
“Willian is a brilliant player. He is not injured often and has a huge amount of quality. I think he would be a great addition, even as a squad player. At some point in your career, you have to accept you will not play every week.
“There will be plenty of teams in the Premier League and around Europe that would definitely take him.”
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While Daniel Levy has proven to be pretty ruthless in the transfer market, he is not generally one to put emotions over reason when doing deals. He will do what’s financially best for the club and so I don’t believe he will block Willan’s move to Spurs just because of what happened seven years ago.
Free agents will be in-demand this transfer window and so Spurs can expect to face considerable competition for the Chelsea’s star’s signature. Willian’s relationship with Mourinho could work to our advantage.
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