According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United are ‘willing to offer’ more than £50m for Chelsea attacker Willian. Manager Jose Mourinho rates the Brazilian international highly and wants to bring him to Old Trafford. Chelsea reportedly rejected a £50m bid from Barcelona for the 29-year-old, whose representatives were in Spain, but United could lodge an even great bid to land his signature.
Mourinho is overstocked with attackers at United – Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial – but it appears he’s willing to add to his squad. The Portuguese coach worked with Willian during his time as Chelsea manager and wants to renew acquaintances with the talented forward.
Signed from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, Willian has gone on to make 236 appearances in all competitions, winning two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup. He was in decent form last season, scoring and creating 25 goals in 55 games across the board, but his future is uncertain at Chelsea.
The Blues finished outside of the top-four for the second time in three seasons and Willian has been rumoured to be seeking an exit if manager Antonio Conte isn’t sacked. United aren’t giving up on Willian, but it’s unknown if Chelsea will sell.