Barcelona are reportedly set to renew their interest in Chelsea superstar Willian and are ready to chase the Brazilian’s signature in the summer.
According to Telegraph, Barcelona are interested in a Chelsea forward. The Catalan giants are set to renew their chase for Willian in the summer transfer window. The Brazilian will be on their radar once again this summer after Chelsea rebuffed the attempts in the earlier transfer window(s).
Willian has been linked to Barcelona for a long while and it was reported that the Catalan giants had lodged in bids in January to land the Brazilian. But, Chelsea rejected the tempting offers and chose to retain their talented winger beyond the winter transfer window.
Chelsea has been Willian’s home for almost six years now, since joining the club in the summer of 2013 from Anzhi Makhachkala. The Brazilian has been consistent for the Blues and has used quick feet and Samba flair to good effect at Stamford Bridge. But, Willian has always been criticised by his fans, mostly for his lack of delivery and his knack of sometimes not being good enough despite a laudable work rate.
Willian though, has always been linked with Barcelona.
The Catalan giants have signed Malcom, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho in recent seasons but have just not been able to replace Neymar appropriately. The three aforementioned wingers have played well in spades, with injuries and lack of form causing the Catalan giants to look elsewhere.
Willian will be the perfect fit with his flair, at a club like Barcelona. However, the Brazilian does have a tendency to slow down the play or not pass instantly, which could clash with the footballing style at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona already had a £55 million rejected for Willian in January and there are chances that it will be tougher for them to convince Chelsea to part with the Brazilian in the summer. Chelsea are facing a transfer ban and unless they can postpone it, they will not be allowed to sign anyone starting from the summer transfer window.
This will restrict their options and could mean that the Blues become stricter in matters of incoming bids for any of their stars, let alone first-team starters.
Willian though, could be tempted with the prospect of playing for Barcelona, especially if Chelsea fail to qualify for Champions League football for the next season. An intriguing summer awaits Chelsea and their board. With the transfer ban, it will be tougher to hold on to their stars if they fail to land Champions League football.