Barcelona and Manchester United chase Chelsea midfielder Willian

Embed from Getty Images

European giants Barcelona and Manchester United are both seeking to sign Chelsea midfielder Willian.

Willian, currently preparing to play in Brazil’s last 16 tie at the World Cup, was a standout for a Chelsea side that struggled (relatively) last season. He scored six times and provided a further 8 assists.

Barcelona are reported to have had a £50 million bid for the 29-year-old turned down by Chelsea. Barca may have won a league and Cup double last season, but they want more strength in depth, especially for their pursuit of the Champions League title.

United have been rumoured to have an interest in Willian for some time – he worked with manager Jose Mourinho at Chelsea – but now that Barcelona have broken cover with a bid, they may well now firm their interest up.

The Daily Mail report that Willian’s representatives have met with Barcelona, and a move to Spain – including the opportunity to link up with international teammate Phillipe Coutinho – could be very attractive.

Chelsea will be reluctant to lose one of their stars but a bid of in excess of £50 million for a player who turns 30 later this year may be too tempting as they seek to rebuild the squad to mount a title challenge.