LONDON – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho expects Tottenham Hotspur target Willian to join the Stamford Bridge club as the two London teams battle for the services of the Anzhi Makhachkala forward.
Tottenham appeared poised to sign the Brazilian after he completed a physical, but Chelsea now appears to be in pole position to complete the deal.
“I think he’s already made his decision,” Mourinho said about the 25-year-old, for whom Anzhi is said to want a fee of around £30 million ($46.8 million).
The self-styled “Special One” nodded in the affirmative when asked if that was Chelsea.
He added: “I don’t like to speak too early because sometimes football can betray you. I know what the player wants.”
Chelsea’s move for the player will frustrate Tottenham, which has been linked with a number of players in anticipation of Gareth Bale’s expected move to Real Madrid.
But Mourinho insisted he had no sympathy for Chelsea’s London rivals.
“That’s the danger of medicals before contracts. But you have to do the medical before,” he said.
“The best thing to do is the medical in secret. If the player is fine, you can sign him. If he’s not you don’t have to destroy his career. Sometimes there are sources who find out everything.”
Mourinho also wants to add Wayne Rooney to his squad but, after having two previous bids for the England striker rejected by Manchester United, will not make a third approach until after Monday’s meeting between the two clubs at Old Trafford.
The manager said: “He’s their player. For example, we said David Luiz was not for sale, even if a player wishes to leave and the club wants to keep him, that is something we have to make a decision on. At this moment I don’t care. I have a big match on Monday.
“Until the last day you are going to try to make a signing.”
And he added: “Every manager is always unhappy, always wants more quality. We never close the door to the possibility of more quality.
“Before the Aston Villa game (which Chelsea won 2-1 on Wednesday), I said I have plan B and C so I was opening the door to other possibilities.
“I want a 22-player squad, If someone comes, someone leaves. Do we have to sell, probably not. I don’t like to work with big squads, I like small squads. At the same time we like to leave the door open for kids to come in.”
But Mourinho insisted Juan Mata — reportedly a target for United — will not be leaving the club.
“He’s a player we all like and want to keep. We want more quality not less, he’s not a player we want to lose,” Mourinho said of the Spain star.
Kompany out for month
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says an injury to captain Vincent Kompany will not force the Premier League club to enter the transfer market for another defender.
Belgium international Kompany sustained a groin injury in City’s 4-0 win over Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on June 19.
City is already missing Micah Richards, who is out for a month with a hamstring injury, while Matija Nastastic only returned to training this week after four weeks out with an ankle injury.
That leaves Joleon Lescott as City’s only fully fit center-back ahead of its trip to Cardiff City, which could see Spain midfielder Javi Garcia pressed into emergency service in City’s backline.
But Pellegrini admits the injury to Kompany does not necessarily mean he will definitely bring in another center-back before the transfer window shuts on Sept. 2.
“It’s not dependent on what happens with Vincent Kompany,” Pellegrini said.
“We will work (in the transfer window) to the last day and see what we can do to improve the squad. Here we have a very good squad so we will see what happens between now and September.
“With Vincent, I prefer the doctor will give the last word in how many weeks he will be out. I think he’s injured for at least one month.
“He will see the doctor who can then give us more information about that.”
Pellegrini could hand a debut to playmaker Stevan Jovetic after he confirmed the Montenegro international is closing in on full fitness.
“Jovetic is not yet 100 percent,” Pellegrini said. “And it’s very important he starts 100 percent in the Premier League, so we will see on the day. But he worked normally with us.”