Barcelona appear relentless in their bid to sign Brazilian international Willian in this summer’s transfer window, with the Evening Standard reporting today that the Catalan’s have submitted a new bid in the region of £64 million.
The report suggests that Chelsea are holding out for as much as £70 million for the 29-year old Willian, giving new boss Maurizio Sarri the maximum funds to bring in a replacement or two. Undoubtedly the higher to the £70m mark the bidding gets, the better the business from the Blues side looks – considering Willian will turn 30 next month.
Willian is reportedly keen to make the switch to the Nou Camp for the new season, seemingly having been affected by being benched and used rotationally by former manager Antonio Conte last season.
Last week Barcelona made a transfer bid in the region of £53 million for the Brazilian only for that to be rebuffed, and this latest offer (of over £10m increase) all but confirms that the Spanish champions are intent on getting their man and Chelsea will know that with just another £6 million to bid – they have all the power in these negotiations.
For a long time it had seemed that Willian was destined to reunite with former manager Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, but another report in the Express says that the Blues are ‘unwilling’ to let that happen – and will likely ensure he goes to Barcelona instead.
This could dent Chelsea’s interest in signing United attacker Anthony Martial – as neither clubs wants to further strengthen the other, despite the Frenchman’s desire to apparently leave Old Trafford.
An unwillingness for either club to do business for Willian or Martial could leave both player’s not getting what they want, but it would appear that Willian will get his alternative desired move to Spain and join fellow-Brazilians Arthur and Coutinho.