Chelsea have knocked back offers from Spanish giants Barcelona and Atletico Madrid for attacker Willian, according to Sky Sports.
30-year-old Brazilian 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 66-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 this past season, meanwhile, often saw him singled out for heavy criticism.
Willian has to go. No hating but his chelsea career is done out here transfer ban or not.
— Elias (@Everymonday6) April 13, 2019
As per the aforementioned report from Sky Sports this evening, though, the Chelsea hierarchy nevertheless do not appear keen on parting ways with Willian this summer, at least not on the cheap.
The Brazilian is reported to have been the subject of a pair of £35 million bids from Spain, courtesy of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
Both offers, however, were knocked back:
Chelsea have rejected £35m bids from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid for Willian, Sky Sports News understands.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 17, 2019
This is of course not the first time that Willian has been named as a target for Barcelona, with the La Liga champions having also been heavily-linked with a move for the South American attacker last summer, and this past January:
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 10, 2019