Arsenal are close to signing the winger, seven years after José Mourinho gave Spurs a bloody nose in pursuit of him

Seven years have passed since José Mourinho struggled to keep the smirk off his face as he held court in Chelsea’s press room, revelling in the chicanery of scuppering Tottenham’s bid to sign Willian. The late twist came out of the blue and Mourinho was at his mischievous best, suggesting Tottenham had paid the price for not doing Willian’s medical in secret.

Tottenham were livid. They had fought to beat Liverpool to the Brazilian’s signature and raged when it emerged the winger was heading for another part of London. After all did Chelsea even need him? They already had Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Oscar, Andre Schürrle and Kevin De Bruyne to fill the creative roles. Why spend £32m on another attacking midfielder?

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