It doesn’t take much to cook up a transfer rumor, especially during these days. An “idle mind is the devil’s workshop” after all, and if you take a player’s quotes, add some spin on it, add a hint of credibility because of one factor or another, and don’t make it sound absolutely preposterous (like Don Balon does), then voilà, you have your very own rumor!
That’s precisely what happened with Willian this week. The 31 year-old stated that he wouldn’t have a problem joining one of Chelsea’s London rivals, and boom, a ton of stories started linking him to Tottenham Hotspur, currently managed by one of Willian’s favorite-ever managers, José Mourinho — who tried to sign Willian at Manchester United, too. Some went as far as to claim that a deal was in fact already done.
All of these have now been refuted, with Willian’s future still up in the air, just as it has been for quite some time now.
Willian completely denies rumour that Mourinho has been in touch recently regarding playing for Tottenham.— Joao Castelo-Branco (@j_castelobranco) May 6, 2020
Absolutely no deal even close there. #Willian #thfc #CFC
In fairness, with cities around the world in lockdown, negotiations would be hard anyway, despite modern-day communication tools. This is noted by Brazilian oulet UOL, who claim that Tottenham have made no approach to the player’s entourage.
Spurs, along with Bayern Munich and PSG, may or may not be interested, but Willian had been quarantining back in Brazil, and it’s not easy to close deals over the phone (even for free-agents-to-be). While he has returned to London now, contact with The Special One apparently has been non-existent and “technically impossible”.
This is backed by another Brazilian outlet, Esporte Interativo, who claim that even though Willian and Mourinho communicate from time-to-time, their chats don’t revolve around a move to Tottenham and that there is no deal yet in place for Willian to move to the north side of London.
Basically, don’t believe every rumor you read on the internet!
A read on Willian’s curious situation at Stamford Bridge. The man still celebrated at Chelsea for an 11th-hour snub of a London rival could now help secure a CL spot for the Blues at the expense of a London rival he may soon sign for. https://t.co/V0we2JkA5P— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 7, 2020