Chelsea reluctant to part with Willian amid Barcelona links

Ross Houston
January 13, 2019

Barcelona prepare a second transfer bid for Chelsea attacker Willian having seen their initial bid rebuffed, according to a report. You have to call the club and ask about the market.

Chelsea are reluctant to sell Willian in January because they fear doing so could damage Maurizio Sarri's chances of a top-four finish, sources have told ESPN FC.

Barca tried to sign Willian last summer but all the three bids made for the Brazil global was rejected with the final offer worth more than £55m.

Chelsea secured a late 2-1 triumph over Newcastle United on the road in the reverse fixture and they can anticipate another tricky test with the Magpies likely to adopt a defensive approach to frustrate them.

Despite his struggles though, it is still somewhat surprising that the youngster's future at Barcelona is up in the air, with a January exit being mooted.

It is believed the LaLiga leaders are now ready to offer €42 million (R669 million) plus Malcom for the Chelsea winger. The cash could have also been utilized to sign another player as well. However, considering the current circumstances, it would have been wise if Chelsea had considered the offer. Firstly, the Premier League heavyweights value Willian higher than what has been proposed as part of the deal. However, the Blues were not happy with Barcelona's transfer valuation of Willian and the deal gradually collapsed.

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