Chelsea news: Barcelona ready to complete ‘imminent’ Willian swap deal

CHELSEA star Willian could be on his way to Barcelona, with Malcom heading in the opposite direction, it’s claimed.

Brazil international Willian was tipped to quit Stamford Bridge in the summer, with Barca and Manchester United keen on the winger.

The Spanish giants made three bids for the 30-year-old, the highest being around £55m.

However, Chelsea stood firm and refused to sell Willian following the arrival of Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.

And according to Spanish TV station La Sexta, Willian is heading to Barca – and the deal may be imminent.

They add that Barca will pay up to £75m (€80m), however, Malcom could be included in the deal to drop the transfer fee.

Malcom joined the Spanish giants in the summer from Bordeaux in a £36m deal.

However, the attacker has played just 25 minutes of football in La Liga under Ernesto Valverde this season.

Malcom has been linked with a Nou Camp exit after failing to settle in at Barca, with the winger reportedly disgruntled.

The 21-year-old is open to leaving Barca and his agent has been in touch with numerous clubs.

Speaking in the summer, Willian revealed he is enjoying every minute at Chelsea.

“I am very happy. Always I was happy at Chelsea,” Willian said.

“I don’t want to talk about the past.

“I am happy with the new manager and profile of football.

“I think we have a great team atmosphere and we can do everything to win titles.”

Willian and Chelsea are back in action on Thursday night, with the Blues facing BATE in the Europa League.

The Blues then return to Premier League action against Everton on Sunday afternoon.

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