Paul Robinson has claimed Tottenham would be signing a “top player” in Willian were they to secure a deal for the out-of-contract player this summer.
But the former White Hart Lane goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, warned there “would have to be outgoings” before the 31-year-old could make the move.
Willian is out-of-contract this summer having spent seven seasons with Chelsea.
As revealed by Football Insider last week, Daniel Levy is making preliminary moves to make the Brazil international the first addition to Jose Mourinho’s squad ahead of next season.
Robinson admitted he would be surprised if Chelsea were to let the winger go this year.
“It would be a good signing,” he told Football Insider.
“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.
“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.
“I would be very surprised if he came in as another, there would have to be outgoings first to make room. He is very similar to what they have already got.”
Willian was very close to joining the North-London club back in 2013 and even passed a medical ahead of a proposed move.
However, the deal was hijacked by Jose Mourinho, then the manager of Chelsea, who took the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge.
In other Tottenham news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider returning player can be “like a new signing” for Jose Mourinho.