Chelsea and Tottenham back on alert as Shakhtar turn down Anzhi bid for Willian

Willian is a man in demand. Photo: PA

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur could yet sign Brazilian attacking midfielder Willian after his club Shakhtar Donetsk reject a £29m bid from Anzhi Makhachkala.

The 24-year-old, long a target for both Premier League clubs, had looked set for a move to Russia, with Anzhi lodging a formal bid this week.

But A Bola reports that Ukrainian champions Shakhtar are holding out for an even larger sum, which already represents a Ukrainian national record transfer fee.

Capped twice by Brazil, Willian has starred for Shakhtar since 2007, playing 120 times for the club and scoring 20 goals.