Just a few days ago, it appeared that Liverpool was on the verge of adding Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder Willian. However, now it appears that the Reds need to brace themselves for Willian landing with EPL rival Tottenham.
Jack de Menezes of The Independent is reporting that a pending deal "for around £30 million" is in place for Willian to move to Tottenham, and that it is only pending a medical.
This is not an isolated report, either. The signs that Liverpool has missed the sailing of the Willian boat are mounting:
#LFC have, I'm told, missed out on Willian. Leandro Damiao not on list of alternatives.— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) August 20, 2013
Meanwhile, trusted Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio also passed this along:
This all comes on a recent spending spree from Tottenham. ESPN's Kevin Palmer reports that Tottenham have spent somewhere in the neighborhood of £60 million on the acquisitions of Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli.
While £60 million spent would typically be enough to think a club like Tottenham is done on the transfer market, there is special consideration that needs to be made for Tottenham. That comes in the form of talisman Gareth Bale.
Di Marzio brings us up to speed on that front:
Bale-Real Madrid 93 million pounds, not euro.— Gianluca Di Marzio (@dimarzio) August 20, 2013
So, if this is true and that seems highly probable, Tottenham has plenty of leftover cash to add Willian. This has to come to the dismay of Liverpool.
According to the Daily Mirror's Darren Lewis, Liverpool had offered Anzhi Makhachkala £26 million for the Brazilian.
If all of this is true, one has to believe that Anzhi Makhachkala gave Liverpool a chance to better the bid of Tottenham. After all, there is only a few million separating the two reported bids. If that is the case, Liverpool must have declined to up the ante.
This isn't the end of the world for Liverpool. The Reds can turn back to the transfer market to find a midfielder to help bolster the attack, and no matter what happens, Liverpool has still had a solid successful summer.
Still, one shouldn't expect Liverpool to rest on its summer laurels—look for this club to continue to scour the transfer market.