Mourinho move for Willian sticks knife in both Real Madrid and Spurs

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OH HOW we’ve missed you Mourinho.
The Special One is well known for doing things his own special way, and that extends from the touchline to the transfer market, but this week’s work will take some beating.
Despite a medical being completed and a transfer fee being arranged between Anzhi Makhachkala and Tottenham Hotspur for midfielder Willian, an 11th hour bid by Chelsea this week saw the Brazilian winger change his mind and agree a move to Stamford Bridge.
This is despite Chelsea owning more attacking midfielders than you can shake a Oscar, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle-shaped stick at – a strange move it seemed at first.
Rumours were rife that the swoop would allow Mata to become the bargaining chip needed to prise his top target Wayne Rooney away from Manchester United – which could still be a possibility.
But now it appears that Gareth Bale’s mooted £93m move to Real Madrid is on hold as Daniel Levy won’t let Bale leave without a replacement in the bag.
So the Willian move has messed with both Chelsea rivals Spurs and former employer Madrid’s dealings, and made his own business look much more likely too – talk about two birds with one stone, Jose.

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Happy Transfer Deadline Day, everyone!

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IT’S the most wonderful time of the football year!
Transfer Deadline Day!
You might say it was a bit like Christmas Day for football fans.
I prefer to think about it more as Christmas Eve for football managers, with the likes of Harry Redknapp and Martin Jol frantically scraping around the empty supermarket shelves of the transfer market for a hidden gem or two to avoid an earbashing down the line.
Anyway, whatever happens today, Goaltastic plans on posting a few titbits here as things progress.
And if I don’t manage it, please get involved with the live blog below.

Bale out?

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SPURS fans may have that sinking feeling when they hear the list of clubs lining up a January swoop for in-form winger Gareth Bale.
The Welshman’s scintillating performances down the left for Tottenham have attracted Spanish giants Real Madrid, and Italian outfits Inter and AC Milan and Juventus – with rumours the quartet are all readying “huge” bids.
Bale may have just signed a new four-year contract, but with that kind of interest you get the feeling Spurs fans may have to make the most of watching Bale’s thrilling raids into the opposition’s half over the next few months…