Brazilian midfielder Willian is so desperate to leave Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine he has issued an open “come and get me” plea to potential Premier League suitors, according to British press reports.
The 24-year-old, who destroyed Chelsea in their Champions League tie on Tuesday, has already been a target for the London club as well as rivals Tottenham, managed by Andre Villas-Boas, with whom he claims to be in regular contact.
According to the Sun, Willian said: “I’ve already made it clear to everyone. I want to go, I want to reach new goals.
“My mission here in Donetsk is accomplished but I have to remain playing at a high level because I need to show up at a big club to be called up for the national team.
“If I were playing in a bigger league the same way as I’ve played here, I would have more chances for Brazil. To play in the World Cup in Brazil is my dream and it is only going to happen if I move.”
But the prohibitive 25 million-pound release clause in his contract is likely to be a stumbling block for all but the wealthiest clubs in Europe’s elite leagues, and Willian indicated he would be particularly keen on a move to Chelsea or either of the Milan clubs.
The Daily Telegraph claimed that he is so keen to end his stay in Ukraine he would even be prepared to accept a big pay-cut.