Barcelona eyeing Chelsea’s Willian on free transfer – MD

As per a report from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Spanish champions Barcelona could launch a fresh bid to take Chelsea star Willian to the Camp Nou next year.

Chelsea stint

31-year-old winger Willian has been on the books of Chelsea since 2013, when he made the move to Stamford Bridge from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.

And the gifted South American has since gone on to establish himself as a key contributor for the Blues, racking up almost 300 appearances across his 6+ seasons in London.

The 2017/18 campaign proved particularly fruitful for the former Shakhtar Donetsk man, with Willian having notched 13 goals and 12 assists in 55 outings across all competitions.

Willian struggling for form

However, despite the 69-time capped international’s near ever-present role for the capital outfit, large sections of Chelsea’s fanbase have never truly taken to Willian.

The Corinthians youth product’s inconsistencies last season, meanwhile, often saw him singled out for heavy criticism.

Barcelona reignite pursuit

As such, this past summer saw the annual rumours suggesting that Willian was set for a Stamford Bridge departure resurface.

A report from Sky Sports revealed that both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid had seen bids for the veteran knocked back by Chelsea.

And, as per the aforementioned update courtesy of Mundo Deportivo this afternoon, the former of these sides are now considering launching a fresh approach for Willian.

The Brazilian’s current Chelsea deal is set to expire at the end of the current campaign. Willian himself, meanwhile, is reportedly refusing to put pen-to-paper on a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

As such, Barca are said to be keen to take advantage of this situation, by clinching a pre-contract agreement with their long-time target in January.

Interestingly, it is added that the Spanish champions have been tracking Willian for ten years now, since his days at Shakhtar Donetsk.

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