Brazilian midfielder Willian moves to Anzhi Makhachkala in the winter market's most expensive transfer.
Willian is set to move from Shakhtar Donetsk to Anzhi Makhachkala in the most expensive move of the European January transfer window.
While loan moves were the order of the day, with the likes of West Ham's Alou Diarra, Paris Saint-Germain's Mohamed Sissoko and Porto's Rolando all earning temporary deals elsewhere, Willian's reportedly 30-million-pound switch was the talk of transfer deadline day.
The 24-year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder, who was linked with a move to Chelsea before this season, is expected to swap Ukraine for Russia with Anzhi expected to add Willian to their squad under head coach Guus Hiddink.
Anzhi have reportedly met Shakhtar's asking price of 30 million pounds for Willian, who will join the likes of Samuel Eto'o, Lassana Diarra and compatriots Ewerton, Jucilei and Joao Carlos at the Dagestan-based club.
Shakhtar head coach Mircea Lucescu was clearly disappointed when he confirmed the clubs had agreed a fee for Willian, but claimed he could not have done more to convince the Brazilian playmaker to stay in Donetsk.
"There is a club willing to pay the release clause in his contract and Willian agreed to move. There is nothing I can do," Lucescu said. "To tell you frankly, I tried to convince him to stay because I think his decision is hasty and not thought out well enough. He is like a son to me. He came to Shakhtar almost as a child and leaves us as a 24-year-old man. I told him he would have achieved more with us when we said goodbye."