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Chelsea reject £50m bid for Willian from Barcelona

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Shannon Reynolds | 03 July, 2018, 14:03

Barca are hoping to bring in the Anzhi Makhachkala's forward to strengthen their attack ahead of the coming league season.

Willian's representatives have been in Barcelona and the lure of the Spanish giants will be tempting but Chelsea have so far shown no willingness to sell.

Willian could not convince Antonio Conte he deserved a regular place in the Chelsea's starting eleven last season and has continually aimed veiled swipes at the Blues boss.

The Portuguese born manager already re-united with his former player Nemanja Matic after working together at the Stamford Bridge.

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Willian still managed to provide 13 goals and 12 assists to land the Chelsea Players's Player of the Tear award but with the attacker turning 30 in August, TeamTalk claim that Chelsea are prepared to cash-in if a suitable offer arrives with the west Londoners wanting around £65m. It remains to be seen if they make an improved offer, although United are thought to be willing to bid more than £50m to secure the player's services in time for the new season.

Willian would likely be tempted by either club, who can each offer Champions League football too.

Jose Mourinho is a fan of the 29-year-old and is hopeful of taking advantage of the strained relationship the Brazil worldwide has with the Blues' in limbo manager Antonio Conte, following his limited game time at Stamford Bridge last season.

Barcelona have always been admirers of Willian, and although the club are put off by his price tag, it could be the opportunity to sign the attacker is to good to turn down.

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