Chelsea announced Wednesday the arrival of Brazilian attacking midfielder Willian, picked up from Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala for 32 million pounds ($49.6 million).

Willian signed a five-year contract with the London club.

"I'm very happy to be here, it's been a dream of mine to come and play here," the Blues' latest addition said in comments posted on Chelsea's official Web site.

The Chelsea faithful got a good look at Willian in 2012, when the 25-year-old scored two goals for visiting Shakhtar Donetsk in a Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.

Shakhtar sent Willian to Anzhi Makhachkala in January for a transfer fee of 35 million euros ($47 million).

Tottenham Hotspur brought Willian to London earlier this week for a medical ahead of Spurs' expected signing of the Brazilian, but Chelsea snatched the midfielder away from their Premier League rivals.

Willian is Chelsea's fourth acquisition during the summer transfer window, which closes Sept. 2, and Blues manager Jose Mourinho signaled last week that the club was still in the market for new talent.

On Tuesday, Mourinho gave Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney 48 hours to decide if he wants to leave Old Trafford from Stamford Bridge. EFE