As per a report from the Evening Standard, contract negotiations between Chelsea and Willian have come to a standstill, with the former unwilling to bow to the demands of the Brazilian.
30-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 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
Barcelona reignite pursuit
As such, recent days have since seen the annual rumours suggesting that Willian could be set for a Stamford Bridge departure resurface.
A report from Sky Sports yesterday evening revealed that both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid had seen bids for the veteran knocked back by Chelsea.
Chelsea have rejected £35m bids from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid for Willian, Sky Sports News understands.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 17, 2019
This comes just 5 months after Barca were reported to have tabled a swap deal for Willian, involving fellow countryman Malcom:
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 10, 2019
Chelsea stand firm
Amid the fresh uncertainty surrounding his future, meanwhile, talks between Chelsea and Willian over a new contract have continued.
The Brazilian’s current deal runs until the summer of 2020.
Willian is said to be demanding a two-year extension to these terms.
Chelsea broke their usual policy of only handing one-year deals to players over the age of 30 last month, when David Luiz was rewarded with a two-year deal.
As noted by the Evening Standard, though, Luiz’s contract, unlike Willian’s, was set to expire this summer.
As such, the Londoners’ hierarchy continue to stand firm in their offer of just an extra year onto the Brazilian’s current agreement.
Crucially, though, it is also noted that:
‘With the Blues facing a two-window transfer ban, Chelsea are under pressure to offer fresh terms.’
As a result, ‘a compromise should be reached.’
Chelsea unwilling to meet Willian’s contract demands as negotiations rumble on
— Standard Sport (@standardsport) June 18, 2019