Chelsea have reportedly set their sights on Lucas Moura, and are prepared to sell Willian in order to fund the move for the PSG winger in January.
According to a report by French publication Le 10 Sport, Lucas Moura is the subject of interest from Chelsea, who were offered the Brazilian winger by PSG. The Blues, though, are first looking to offload Willian in order to fund the January move for his compatriot.
Lucas Moura joined PSG in the summer of 2013, with a lot of excitement surrounding his talent. The Brazilian’s stint at Parc des Princes, though, has been topsy turvy, initially taking time to adapt to life in the French capital to establishing himself as a regular in the first-team setup, to now becoming a bit-part player.
The summer arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe has significantly reduced Lucas’ role in Unai Emery’s squad. having managed just five outings this season, all of which came from the bench. Having fallen down the pecking order, it is believed that the player is open to leaving PSG in search of regular game time.
Les Parisiens, meanwhile, are looking to move the 25-year-old – as well as some other players – in order to comply to Financial Fair Play rules, having splurged a considerable amount of money in the summer. The Ligue 1 giants, thus, offered Lucas to several clubs, including Chelsea, who are starting to show concrete interest in him.
Paris Saint Germain winger Lucas Moura is reportedly unhappy about his club situation and wants to leave in January. French press has already linked the 25-year old with several teams, including English champions Chelsea FC. pic.twitter.com/VsRsuTqjRI
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) November 12, 2017
Antonio Conte currently has Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian as his only wide attacking options, and is believed to be eyeing reinforcements in January to boost his options. The report, though, suggests that the Chelsea boss is looking to move one of his players on in order to fund the move for Lucas.
The aforementioned player is Willian, who has seen his role being reduced under the tutelage of Conte. Things have gone from bad to worse for the Brazil international, having started just six Premier League games so far this season.
Thus, with the World Cup only a few months away, Willian, too, is likely to be open to a move away from Stamford Bridge to secure a place in the squad for the Brazil National Team. While there has been a lot of interest from Europe in the 29-year-old, the Blues are scoping out buyers in the Chinese Super League to secure a lucrative deal.
Meanwhile, the report claims that they will have to shell out €30 million to secure the services of Lucas in January. The Brazilian might be open to making the switch to Stamford Bridge, having previously admitted that it would be a dream come true to play in the Premier League.
In addition to that, the chance to book a place in Tite’s squad for next summer’s World Cup by playing week in week out could also tempt him to join Chelsea, and it remains to be seen if the move sees the light of the day.