Willian aiming to send Chelsea team mate Hazard home early

Mae Harvey
July 9, 2018

Manchester United are also in the race to sign Willian from Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho is looking for a reunion, however, Chelsea prefers selling their star man to Barcelona than strengthen a direct rival in the league.

Conte is prepared to kick off Chelsea's pre-season on Monday after medical checks on Saturday, but it remains to be see if the Premier League and FA Cup victor will indeed still be in charge by then.

Willian's relationship with Antonio Conte has broken down and is beyond fix, most evident by the Brazilian's Instagram post consisting of trophies hiding the current Chelsea head coach during the FA Cup celebrations.

The 29-year-old had refused to discuss his future while the World Cup was ongoing, although Brazil's quarter-final elimination at the hands of Belgium on Friday will see attentions turn to where Willian will be playing when the new season starts.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea and Selecao winger Willian is pushing for a move to the Camp Nou. Asked about Barcelona's interest, Willian said: "Well, they are excellent players with a lot of quality", he told Standard Sport.

Joining United would allow Willian to reunite with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who believes the attacker can add the width and pace his side need on the right side of midfield.

"I've not received any information about whether [Barca's interest] is true". "This is the first time I will have played against him in my five or six years at Chelsea". What they are looking for is an explosive player to liberate Messi.

Fellow Brazilian Paulinho is said to be one makeweight being considered, along with Andre Gomes and Rafinha.Colombia defender Yerry Mina is also mentioned after his impressive showing at the World Cup, where the centre-back scored three goals.

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