Barcelona turn to Chelsea’s Willian
The news first broke in France Football on Wednesday.
According to the latest updates, Barcelona’s latest attempts to find new recruits after Neymar’s PSG exit is has lead them to Chelsea’s Willian.
Willian, 29, is under contract with Chelsea until 2020.
The Brazilian has previously been linked to Man United. Indeed, he’s a well-known favourite of Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho.
Willian was the player of the year in Mourinho final campaign with Chelsea, while, earlier in the summer, Willian confirmed that Man United tried to sign him. Speaking to Goal.com, he said:
There were a few conversations with my agent. I worked with Mourinho and I became his friend as well.
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.
So will Barcelona succeed where Man United failed?
Liverpool & Philippe Coutinho
News of Barcelona’s interest in Willian will be happily received in Liverpool.
That’s another clear indication that Philippe Coutinho’s Liverpool exit for the Camp Nou seems to have been shelved.
While reports keep swirling that Coutinho may yet walk out of Anfield before the transfer window closes – will there be a fourth and final Barca bid? – Liverpool fans will be feeling confident that the Brazilian will stay put.
Barcelona ‘reveal interest’
The Times have picked up on the Barcelona-Willian story, reporting the following:
Chelsea are braced for another approach for Willian after Barcelona showed interest in the attacking midfielder.
The London club were open to selling Willian towards the end of last season as he was not playing regularly, but rejected an approach from Manchester United over the summer.
The Times fail to state how much Barca would have to offer Chelsea to secure Willian.
That fee is likely to be high, especially as Willian has been starting for Antonio Conte this season as the likes of Eden Hazard remain sidelined through injury.
Looking at the wider picture, with this Willian story popping up a week before the transfer window closes, it once again seems clear that Barcelona have totally screwed up their summer business.
The Spanish giants appear to be scrambling for signings.