Reds fans will be very angry by these latest reports…
Liverpool were offered the chance to match Tottenham’s bid for Brazilian playmaker Willian by Anzhi Makhachkala, but rejected the option to do so, reports the Times.
The Reds were in the driving seat to secure the 25-year-old, having so far failed to bring in a marquee summer signing, while Tottenham have already spent £60m on Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado.
Liverpool had made Willian their top target after it emerged Anzhi were willing to sell a collection of their star players, citing a change in footballing policy to focus on youth development.
After lodging a £26m bid however, Spurs gazumped it, offering closer to £30m. Naturally, Anzhi accepted Tottenham’s larger fee, but gave Liverpool the option of matching the bid.
As the £30m price-tag is above their valuation though, Brendan Rodgers’ side have withdrew from the race, leaving Tottenham a clear run at the mercurial attacker. On top of this, Spurs look set to sign Bulgarian playmaker Todor Nedelev, and Roma’s brilliant Argentine Erik Lamela, and are enjoying a wonderful transfer window regardless of whether Gareth Bale joins Real Madrid or not.
Willian is the third big name player Liverpool were confident of securing this window, but have eventually missed out on, after Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined Borussia Dortmund, and Diego Costa signed a new Atletico Madrid contract.
Supporters are becoming increasingly frustrated, and will be desperate for a big name player to join before the end of the month.