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Chelsea beat Tottenham to Willian signature

Chelsea have agreed a £30m deal to sign attacking midfielder Willian from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala subject to a work permit hearing, reports BBC Sport. The 25-year-old Brazilian was close to joining Tottenham after having a medical on Wednesday.

But it is understood Chelsea made their move at around 18:00 BST on Thursday, with a fee and personal terms agreed within 24 hours. Willian will have a medical before his work permit hearing next week.

The transfer was made possible after Blues owner Roman Abramovich, whose fellow Russian oligarch Suleyman Kerimov owns Anzhi, intervened.

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