Willian Chelsea

Manchester United hold talks with Chelsea winger Willian

Manchester United have held preliminary talks with Chelsea winger Willian’s representatives, according to Manchester Evening News.

The Red Devils have held a firm interest in the Brazilian since 2016, having made an enquiry over the 29-year-old’s availability and were turned away by the Blues.

Jose Mourinho, who signed Willian for Chelsea back in 2013, is keen to add a winger in the summer having been left disappointed with his options during the season.

Willian to United

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 20: Willian of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on December 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

United are hopeful of signing the Chelsea winger this summer with Mourinho having been left disappointed by the performances of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial over the course of last season.

Old Trafford officials have already begun talks with the player’s entourage earlier this month, with the idea of gauging how feasible a transfer would be to complete.

Any deal for Willian this summer could prove tricky, with the West London club expected to undergo a managerial change during the summer.

The new manager could potentially affect whether Willian will be allowed to leave meaning United are keen to conclude a deal early.

Mourinho’s Willian interest

Jose Mourinho & Antonio Conte

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United and Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea shake hands after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on February 25, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

It is understood that the Portuguese manager is a big admirer of Willian and is pushing for the club to complete a deal for the winger this summer.

Mourinho has already hinted that the club will not sign forward during the summer transfer window, however, the former Chelsea manager would make an exception for Willian.

 

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