Anzhi star Willian admits Liverpool hot-favorite to sign him
Liverpool have stepped up their efforts to sign in Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder Willian in an attempt to bring one big name to the club before the transfer window expires on September 2. The Brazilian winger has confirmed interest from Liverpool and is ready to join the “great club”.
The 25-year-old Brazil international has been closely linked with a move to Liverpool this week. The Reds will launch an official bid on Willian before the end of the week, but they are expected to be rivaled by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, both of whom have also shown interest in signing the versatile midfielder in the past.
It is believed Anzhi Makhachkala will let Willian move out of the club at a cut-price as the Russian-side is trying to cut down costs and eliminate high salaries. Liverpool are currently the frontrunners for Willian’s signature, but the result of thier first bid on the winger will tell the actual story.
“For now, all there is are talks,” Willian told ESPN Brasil. “There was the Manchester City bid and that was turned down and that was a while ago. Now I'm waiting for a new bid to arrive in the next days from a few clubs, like Liverpool. If it's really Liverpool, then it is surely a great club. I'm hopeful and very calm, just waiting for the best.
“I know some clubs have talked with my agent about the money, but he hasn't told me anything. He only said that he had conversations with some clubs, and he also didn't tell me which clubs.”
Willian admits he it is his “goal” to play in the English Premier League someday. The Brazilian winger claims he enjoys English football and hopes to excel in English soil.
“I think so. England is my goal. The English championship is the dream of many players and I'm no different,” Willian added. “I like the Premier League very much, I enjoy the English football and certainly, if that happens, it will be very good for me and for my image.”
Willian, who was signed in by Anzhi Makhachkala earlier this year, claims he was shocked to learn that the club’s owner Suleiman Kerimov had decided to cut down on expenditure. Willain admits this recent development has made Liverpool hot-favorites for his signature.
“I saw the news on the internet, and then when I got to the club I heard lots of people talking about it,” Willian said. “No one was expecting it, that's for sure. I respect everyone's opinion, though. He probably has his reasons to decide that.
“I'd rather stay cool, working and never let my head down, even in a situation like this. All I know is that [Kerimov] told us that Anzhi wouldn't be making further investments, that in six months they will be returning to Makachkala, that they'll be going home, that more Russian players will arrive and that if the foreign players who had offers would be free to go, that he would help us.
“He doesn't want to let anyone go for free but he made it clear that if good bids arrive - something at least close to what he paid for the players - he would certainly help us go. [He is] not giving anyone away. [But] if a good offer arrives, they'll let us go. If not, we stay. That's it.”