Chelsea have still to resolve the huge issue of who will be their head coach next season. – but whoever it is they will surely want to have the services of the ever-impressive Brazil star Willian at their disposal.
The Blues are said to be trying to recruit Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri with current incumbent Antonio Conte said to be on his way out of the exit door at Stamford Bridge.
And although the identity of the man at the helm at Chelsea is still very much in doubt, what can’t be argued is how good the eye-catching displays of Blues star Willian have been for the Samba stars in the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer.
But, of course, along with the dazzling displays from the hard-working Willian come the attention of potential new suitors. It is well recorded how Conte didn’t get on too well with the Brazil ace and he saw less action on the pitch last term than many critics and fans thought he should have done.
So, it is easy to see why clubs of the stature of both Manchester United and Barcelona think it fair game to try to lure the industrious and experienced attacking midfielder, who’s is happy operating in a wide berth as well as the middle of the park in an advanced role.
United lead the way thanks to Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho already having a relationship with the player thanks to their shared time at Chelsea together. Indeed, Mourinho was the manager who signed him from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala for a fee believed to be in the region of £30million when he took charge of the club for a second spell in the hot seat back in 2013.
Any move away from Chelsea would secure the club in the region of £60million to £70million for the player who has two years remaining on his contract at the club.
For his part, Willian is staying coy over his future, and his focus remains on Brazil’s World Cup campaign. Coach Tite’s men take on Belgium in a quarter final clash on Friday for a place in the semi-final.
When Willian, 29, who has made more than 230 appearances for Chelsea, was quizzed about a move to the Catalan giants of the Nou Camp, he replied:
“Well, they are excellent players with a lot of quality. In addition to great players, they are very good friends.
“People speculate a lot. We see a lot of things on the internet, but this is not the time to talk about this. I’ve not received any information about that. I’m trying to focus on my performance, playing for Brazil.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea are said to be set to renew their interest in a bid for long-term target Christian Pulisic, from Borussia Dortmund, but they face stiff competition for his services from London rivals and is also interesting Tottenham.