Anzhi complete €35m transfer of Shakhtar Donetsk star Willian
Anzhi Makhachkala have completed the signing of Willian from Shakhtar Donetsk for €35 million.
The long-term Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur target has signed a contract until December 2017 with the Russian club.
Shakhtar were keen to hold onto the attacking midfielder, but had no other option but to accept Anzhi's offer as they triggered the 24-year-old's release clause.
"There is a club willing to pay the release clause in his contract, and Willian agreed to move. There is nothing I can do," commented Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu earlier this week.
Willian will join the team at their training camp in Marbella on Saturday, but will have to wait for his official debut until the Russian Premier League resumes after the winter break in March.
Next up for Anzhi, who currently sit second in the table with 41 points from 19 games, is a trip to Mordovia Saransk.
Guus Hiddink’s side will be hoping to close the two point gap between themselves and league leaders CSKA Moscow.