This post contains affiliate links. “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”
Tottenham Hotspur will meet Arsenal in the Premier League clash on Sunday, where José Mourinho will meet his former player in Willian.
Willian, who played with Mourinho at Chelsea, joined the Gunners in the summer when his contract at Stamford Bridge ended.
The Portuguese coach has insisted that Willian is still a ‘dangerous’ player and admitted that he remains in contact with the Brazilian winger.
Tottenham were one of the clubs interested in signing Willian in the summer, but they made no serious attempt to negotiate a deal.
When asked if he tried to sign the former Chelsea winger, Mourinho replied:
“We don’t have money for Willian. We can’t pay the salary he receives at Arsenal, so I didn’t want to waste time because we can’t pay those salaries.”
Poor excuse or justified?
Willian apparently earns around £ 190,000 per week at Arsenal, which is really high for a 32-year-old player, even one who signed a free transfer.
However, the argument that salary is an impediment to his signing barely holds up, given that the Spurs signed Gareth Bale from Real Madrid on a one-season loan.
According to reports from the TelegraphThe Spurs are paying £ 9 million in wages for Bale. Spurs president Daniel Levy has negotiated a deal under the terms that the north London club will pay £ 220,000 a week out of his £ 600,000 real weekly wage.
If the reports are to be believed, the Spurs could extend that deal for another year, if the loan period turns out to be a success.
So the suggestion that the Spurs didn’t ‘have money for Willian’ is not entirely true.
Mourinho was willing to spend the money to bolster Tottenham’s attacking department, and bet on Bale, who is undoubtedly a world-class winger.
Willian is a versatile attacking midfielder, but Spurs won’t regret losing him. He has provided just three assists in the Premier League and has so far struggled for consistency.