Chelsea has reportedly demanded £70million to sell Willian as Barcelona joined Manchester United in the race for the Brazilian winger.
Flier Willian is ‘crazy’ on a move to the Nou Camp after the Catalan giants expressed their interest, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.
United are also keen to land the 29-year-old who played 36 of Chelsea’s 38 Premier League games last term.
Willian has also proven a key man for Brazil in their quest for the World Cup.
He has started each of the Selecao’s four games so far helping them to a quarter-final berth where they will take on Belgium after the Red Devils’ dramatic win over Japan.
Willian is seemingly keen to secure Champions League football ahead of next season having seen the Blues miss out on the top four under Antonio Conte last season.
Conte is set to be replaced by former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri in the Stamford Bridge dugout for the 2018-19 campaign as Chelsea bid to return to Europe’s top table.
United boss Jose Mourinho coach Willian during his second stint at the Bridge.
Chelsea could be offered one of three players, with Kia Joorabchian involved
Chelsea star Willian has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Barcelona believed to be interested in the player.
On Monday, we carried a report from Mundo Deportivo, who claimed the Brazil international’s “old dream” is to play for one of the two Spanish giants – Barcelona or Real Madrid. However, the FA Cup winners are demanding €80m to sanction his sale.
Today’s edition of Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo claims the La Liga winners will only consider signing Willian if the Blues reduce their asking price, but there’s a plan to help that happen.
Barcelona is open to the idea of including one of their players as a part of the deal in signing Willian. They will include a player who is not in Ernesto Valverde’s plans but will be “worthy” for Chelsea.
Andre Gomes and Rafinha no longer have futures at the Camp Nou. The latter spent the second half of the last campaign on loan at Inter Milan and the Nerazzurri have refused to sign the Brazilian on a permanent transfer.
We’ve already covered claims about Paulinho open to the idea of leaving Barcelona this summer. The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, along with Gomes and Rafinha are all available in the transfer market.
Mundo claims the Spanish champions could offer one of the three players to Chelsea in order to bring Willian to the Camp Nou.
Paulinho’s agent is Kia Joorabchian, who also represents Willian, and the suggestion is he’s potentially at the middle of a deal.