With transfer business seemingly at a halt at least until January, Chelsea fans may just expect to see a couple of loan moves out of the club, with the likes of Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek expected to be moved out to get first team football.

However, the Express have thrown a curve ball with their claim that sources in Spain are saying that Chelsea have now changed their stance on keeping Willian and have even gone as far as offering him out to European champions Real Madrid, before their transfer window closes next week.

Barcelona had looked favourites to clinch the signing of the Brazilian in the summer, but bids as high as £55 million were reportedly rejected, despite some calls for Chelsea to take the money and re-invest in a younger replacement.

Real Madrid are expected to make some moves with just a week to go in the transfer window in Spain, and with no replacement yet to be signed in the wake of Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus, it could be that Willian could yet emerge as an enforced target for manager Julen Lopetegui.

Willian has yet to play a full 90 minutes in the Premier League under manager Maurizio Sarri, but did manage to create one goal in the 3-0 away win at Huddersfield on the opening day of the season. However, he was subbed off after 61 minutes in the team’s win over Arsenal at the weekend being replaced by Eden Hazard.

There appears to be no real foundation to the claims as of yet, but anything can happen in the remaining week of the window, and a lot could ride of the performance and what Sarri does with Willian in the next game against Newcastle on Sunday.

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