Barcelona open talks with Chelsea star Willian – report

The La Liga giants are desperate to replace Neymar at the Nou Camp following the winger’s £200m move to Paris St-Germain.

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund star Ousmane Dembele have been linked with Barca in recent weeks.

However, according to France Football, the Spanish side have another target.

They reckon Barca have opened talks with Chelsea winger Willian over a shock summer move.

France Football add that Barca admire Willian’s versatility, with the former Shakhtar Donetsk star able to play on either wing.

Manchester United tried to sign Willian last summer, with Jose Mourinho a big admirer of the Brazil international.

However, the 29-year-old said nothing came from talks between the clubs.

“There were a few conversations with my agent. I worked with Mourinho and I became his friend as well,” Willian said.

“He likes me a lot and I like him a lot as a coach and as a person.

“He has put his trust in me and in my work, and I was very grateful to him.

“Manchester came to me, they talked with my agent, but nothing happened, because Chelsea would not negotiate me in any way and I’m very happy at Chelsea.”

More Breaking News:

Marseille are said to be interest in making a move for AWOL Chelsea star Diego Costa should the Spaniard’s report move to Atletico Madrid fall through, as reported by the Telegraph.

As per the Telegraph, Spanish side Atletico remain in negotiations for a deal for Costa, who managed 22 goals in 42 games in all competitions for Chelsea last season, however the former La Liga champions are yet to reach agreement with the Blues for the 28-year-old.

Atletico are not able to make any signings this summer due to their transfer embargo, and should they sign Costa, the Spanish international will not be able to make his debut for the club until January, which is their embargo is lifted, according to the Telegraph.

Costa admitted that he was getting impatient with Chelsea and Atletico’s failure to agree a deal for him, with the player also admitting that he may have to look at other options should the current situation between the two remain the same, write the Telegraph.

Diego Simeone’s side are still hopeful of completing a deal for Costa report the Telegraph, however Marseille have also made it clear that they would be interested in a deal for the Blues forward.

Should Costa still be at Chelsea beyond August 31st, it’ll be interesting to see if the player would be willing to return to the club and fight for his place in Antonio Conte’s starting line-up.

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