Tottenham emerge as favourites to sign Chelsea’s Willian following Inter Miami snub

The latest word stemming from the English media today suggests that Tottenham have established themselves as the frontrunners to clinch the free agent signing of Chelsea star Willian.

Expiring Chelsea deal

Willian’s future has remained up in the air for some time now.

The 31-year-old, who has been plying his trade at Stamford Bridge since 2013, has just weeks remaining on his current Chelsea deal.

The Blues are thought to have made repeated efforts to tie Willian down to fresh terms, but, to this point, the former Shakhtar Donetsk man has stood firm in demanding a contract through to 2024.

Willian in demand

As such, though an agreement over a short-term extension for the remainder of the COVID-19-hit campaign was found, a subsequent divorce has long looked on the cards.

A host of clubs have been touted as potential destinations for Willian ahead of next season, with the experienced Brazilian international, as things stand, set to be available as a free agent.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Willian of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Cesar Azpilicueta and team mates during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Arsenal and Tottenham have both been named as interested parties, with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich also thought to be keen:

Barcelona, meanwhile, are known to be long-term suitors.

Spurs bound?

And, as outlined above, if the latest speculation doing the rounds in the media over the last 24 hours is to be believed, then one of these aforementioned sides have positioned themselves at the front of the queue for Willian.

The outfit in question? Tottenham.

As per a report from the Daily Mail (citing the Telegraph), Chelsea’s in-form wide-man recently rejected a lucrative contract offer from the MLS.

The proposal came courtesy of David Beckham’s Inter Miami, who are said to have tabled a 3-year-deal.

Willian

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 08: Willian of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Everton FC at Stamford Bridge on March 08, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

And, according to the Mail, the Brazilian’s decision to knock back American interest in his signature ‘has left the situation wide open with Spurs ready to offer a massive contract to the 31-year-old.’

As such, Jose Mourinho’s men are now viewed as ‘favourites’ to lure Willian away from Stamford Bridge.

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

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