Manchester United are confident of finalising a deal for Chelsea winger Willian, following Brazil’s exit from the World Cup at the hands of Belgium.
The Sun are reporting that Jose Mourinho now believes he will be able to sign Willian, who he brought to Chelsea during his second spell at Stamford Bridge.
Although, the deal is reportedly going to cost the Reds £60 million.
From speaking to Chelsea die-hards over the summer, I’ve gathered that he’s been a frustrating figure throughout his time at the club, yet he was the team’s stand-out player during their catastrophic 2015/16 season and remained committed to Mourinho, unlike Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard.
Of course, those players will tell you otherwise but behind it all, their relationship with Mourinho soured due to acts of betrayal.
However, Barcelona’s interest in the player has also been widely reported by Spanish outlet Marca, with the La Liga champions in the market for an attacking option to help get more out of Lionel Messi, if that’s even possible…
What more can the Argentine do? He carried his country to the World Cup but still got the blame when they crashed out early, in the Round of 16 against France.
Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles even questioned Barcelona’s pursuit of Willian on the Transfer Window podcast, saying: “Does it make sense for Barcelona to buy Willian? What they are looking for is an explosive player to liberate Messi.
“Barcelona are trying to solve the problem for their best player by pursuing a player like Willian, who they think will improve their tactical options.
“There’s a potential for Manchester United to come back in there. But the price is high.
“They’ve been looking at other targets. Obviously, Gareth Bale is a strong possibility for them because of the situation is at Real Madrid.
“They have to wait and see what Bale’s ultimate decision will be in terms of is he going to get game time under the new manager and will that satisfy his complaints with Madrid.
“From Chelsea’s perspective, a sale outside of the Premier League would be far preferable.”
What Messi needs is a player to take the workload off his back. A very good one at that.
Aged 31, it’s important Barcelona don’t tire him out but still get the most out of him, especially in the final third.
Back to Willian, though, who has been completed focused to his World Cup campaign. He will now get the chance to discuss his future.