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Chelsea forward tipped to sign for direct Premier League rivals

Former Tottenham Hotspur stopper Paul Robinson has urged the club to make a summer move for Willian when his Chelsea deal expires at the end of the current campaign.

The 31-year-old was close to making the switch to the Spurs from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, undergoing a medical before changing his mind at the 11th hour and joining the West London club instead.

Brazilian forward’s time at Stamford Bridge appears to be coming to a close in the summer with talks over an extension having stalled, and Paul Robinson believes that the South American forward would be a good signing for the North London club seven years after they narrowly missed out on his signature.

“It would be a good signing. I think it is a player who Mourinho knows well. I would be surprised if Chelsea let him go because he is a top player,” he told Football Insider.

“Spurs have a lot of attacking midfield players and he fits that bill as to what they have already got. There would have to be a few outgoings but that is a manager putting his stamp on a squad.

“Implementing the changes and getting the players he wants. Mourinho was brought in for a reason and Spurs will have to let him do that to an extent. There would have to be outgoings first to make room. He is very similar to what they have already got.”

Brazil international forward has played 329 games for the west London club and is believed to want to remain in London even if he departs from the Blues.

Tottenham not the only team that kept interested in Willian as another Premier League rivals Man Utd keen on to lure him at Old Trafford after the season ends.