Manchester United could have finally succeeded in their pursuit of Willian, with Chelsea accepting a €75 million bid for the Brazilian international.
According to a report by Sport Witness, Manchester United are set to win the race to sign Willian in the summer transfer window. Chelsea have accepted a €75 million bid by their Premier League rivals for the Brazilian international, who is poised to reunite with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
Willian’s future has been a subject of intense speculation for much of the summer. For large parts of the window thus far, the player has been linked with a move to Barcelona. But, the Blaugrana’s pursuit of the 29-year-old is as good as over after their recruitment of his compatriot, Malcom.
The Brazilian’s Chelsea future is still far from being settled though, with Manchester United in the lead in the race to sign him. The interest from the Red Devils does make some sense as well, even though Willian will only likely be a short-term solution in attack.
Jose Mourinho has been yearning for an able right-sided winger who will fit into his job description of a pacy, hardworking wide man. There haven’t been many players who fit the bill for the Manchester United boss. But, Willian is one such individual, who he has been after for quite some time now.
The 29-year-old played some of his best football under the tutelage of Mourinho during his second stint at Chelsea. With Manchester United in desperate need of a pacy outlet on the right flank, Willian could be a viable short-term solution. And, it looks like the Red Devils may have finally succeeded in their pursuit of the player.
The report suggests that Chelsea have accepted a €75 million bid from Manchester United to sell Willian. If true, it will have been a spectacular u-turn from the Blues, with Maurizio Sarri recently iterating that he will first speak to his unsettled players before taking a call on their future.
The quoted amount is quite close to the reported asking price Chelsea had placed on Willian, when Barcelona were hot in his pursuit, which suggests that a bid could indeed have been accepted. Manchester United will then have found a solution for their right wing woes at long last.
But, it will be sensible to wait for an official confirmation from the two clubs, with the report not providing any information about personal terms being agreed between Willian and Manchester United. What is certain though, is the fact that Chelsea will have a few restless moments in their bid to retain the player.