What’s the story?
Chelsea and Barcelona are in active talks for the transfer of Willian according to the report in The Times. The report claims that Barcelona are keen on signing him and willing to pay £70 million for him.
The Catalan side see him as an alternative to Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian midfielder is keen on joining them but Liverpool are refusing to sell him at any cost this summer.
Barcelona are not the first club to show interest in Willian this summer. Manchester United were keen on signing him and also made contact with his agent.
“There were a few conversations with my agent. I worked with Mourinho [at Chelsea] and I became his friend as well.” he said
“He likes me a lot and I like him a lot as a coach and as a person. He has put his trust in me and in my work, and I was very grateful to him. Manchester came to me, they talked with my agent, but nothing happened because Chelsea would not negotiate me in any way and I’m very happy at Chelsea.” added Willian.
In case you didn’t know…
Barcelona have had all their bids for Philippe Coutinho rejected but are still trying to persuade Liverpool to sell him. Their latest bid for the Brazilian was reportedly worth £138 million!
The heart of the matter
Barcelona are keen on signing Willian this summer and are ready to offer as much as £70 million for him. Chelsea are reportedly open to selling him but only if they get replacements signed.