Sky: Barcelona lodge big-money bid for Chelsea’s Willian

As per a report from Sky Sports News this afternoon, La Liga giants Barcelona have tabled a hefty offer for Chelsea attacker Willian.

Selecao star

29-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.

The gifted South American has since gone on to establish himself as a key figure for the Blues, racking up well over 200 appearances across his 5 seasons in London.

This past season proved particularly fruitful for the former Shakhtar Donetsk man, with Willian having notched 13 goals and 12 assists in 55 outings across all competitions.

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)

Catalunya bound?

However, despite the crucial role that the 62-time capped Selecao international has long filled for Chelsea, large sections of the club’s fans have never really taken to Willian, leading to annual rumours that he could seek pastures new.

This summer has seen Manchester United name as the most likely destination for the South American, with Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho said to be a huge fan of Willian’s talents.

The last couple of weeks, though, have seen a new contender, in the form of La Liga powerhouse Barcelona, emerge as surprise contenders for the Chelsea man.

The Blaugrana are said to be on the lookout for reinforcements out wide, with Willian’s Blues’ teammate Eden Hazard having also been heavily linked with a move to the Camp Nou over the last 48 hours.

And, as per the aforementioned report from Sky Sports News this afternoon, the La Liga champions have today taken their interest in the former a step further, by lodging an offer worth ‘up to £53 million’ for Willian:

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