Tottenham are taking early steps to secure the signing of Willian from Chelsea this summer.
The Brazil international looks set to leave the Blues after seven years of services when his contract expires.
It comes after a breakdown in negotiations between all parties involved.
Chelsea have only offered Willian two years while the 31-year-old has demanded three.
The west London outfit already breached their policy of offering over-30s only one-year deals, with the forward admitting talks have fallen apart.
Speaking to Fox Sports show Expediente Futebol, Willian said: “I’ve built something fantastic at Chelsea. I’m especially fond of the fans and the people that work there, and I’ve felt very settled.
Willian has yet to sign a new contract at Chelsea
“Everyone knows my contract is up in a few months and it looks like it’ll be difficult to secure an extension.
“I think it’s unlikely that I’ll renew because Chelsea offered me a two-year deal, I asked for three and it ended there.
“There were no more talks or negotiations. Chelsea said that three years would be impossible, so at the moment it seems unlikely that I’ll extend, but nothing is impossible.”
A number of clubs have taken an interest in the former Shakhtar star.
And Spurs are leading the charge after taking the first steps towards securing the signing of the Chelsea star, according to Football Insider.
Willian is a top target of Jose Mourinho’s, who is keen to reunite with the winger.
Chelsea could lose Willian to Tottenham for free
The Special One built up a strong bond with the Brazilian during his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge, who admitted that the two still exchange texts.
“People ask me about the best coaches I have had. For sure, Mourinho is one of them.
“We had a special relationship. He demanded a lot, so there were some conflicts, but that’s normal. He would challenge me and call out my mistakes,…