Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and manager Frank Lampard reportedly have differing views on whether to keep Willian beyond this summer or invest big on Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
According to transfer expert Duncan Castles (Express), Lampard is pushing the Chelsea chief to offer the three-year contract Willian desires to keep the Brazilian at Stamford Bridge beyond summer.
Willian, along with Pedro and Olivier Giroud, will see his current contract expire this summer and has been reportedly on the radar of a few other clubs.
Castles told the Transfer Window Podcast that Chelsea offered Willian a one-year contract extension with a one-year option but the winger allegedly believes he is worth a three-year deal.
Lampard is said to be a big fan of Willian and sees him as an extremely important player in his squad and “an excellent example to the host of academy players that he has been promoting into the first team this season”.
On the other hand, Granovskaia is allegedly more inclined to bring in Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho as Chelsea are reluctant to offer long-term deals to players over the age of 30.
Castles added: “We told you about their efforts to sign Jadon Sancho, a move that Lampard wasn’t particularly keen on because that he felt that the scale of the transfer fee would be too large and it wasn’t a position where he wanted to spend that amount of money, on a younger player on high wages who would have a high profile, and because he’s happy with the resources he has there at the moment, i.e. Willian.
“So it’s going to need a fundamental change in stance by Chelsea’s hierarchy to allow Willian to stay at the club.”