Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus side have been linked with a move for Blues’ winger Willian, who’s contract expires at the end of the season.
The Italian champions have notably picked up the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Sami Khedira, Adrian Rabiot and Andrea Pirlo all on free transfers in recent years and now they are looking to do the same with 31-year-old Willian. The Brazillian’s contract expires in June, meaning he will be permitted to discuss terms with new clubs in January. While there has been whispers of the winger signing a new deal with Chelsea, it is looking increasingly likely that this won’t be the case – with TuttoSport amongst various other sources claiming that the move to Juventus is increasingly likely.
Chelsea could attempt to negotiate with clubs in January for the transfer of Willian, in order to recoup some of their £30M investment when they signed the player in 2013. Any deal would likely be at a considerably cut price though, with clubs willing to wait until the summer to acquire the player for free.
There have been suggestions that Chelsea are fairly ‘confident’ that the club may be able to do transfer business in the January window, following the long-winded appeal of their transfer ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This could allow The Blues’ to target replacements sooner rather than later, in any case that Willian does depart.
The Brazilian winger has been linked to moves to both PSG and Barcelona previously, with offers up to £60M believed to have been submitted, however it’s becoming increasing likely that Chelsea will now lose Willian for free. Frank Lampard has utilised the wide-man fairly regularly this season, notably against Valencia where he put in an impressive performance however he has failed to make any significant impact on the side so far having registered no goals or assists.
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Written by Dan Barker | @danbarkzr