Barcelona target Willian eyed by SECOND club as Maurizio Sarri fights to keep Chelsea ace | Football | Sport


The Brazil international’s future at Stamford Bridge is in major doubt following the signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund.

Pulisic is understood to be a direct replacement for Willian, who entered his thirties last August.

 are keen on acquiring the former Shakhtar Donetsk man’s services this month and have made several approaches for the winger.

The Catalan club’s most recent offer is understood to have been a cash-plus-player deal which would’ve seen the Blues pocket £50million and land former Bordeaux whizz Malcom, who has failed break into the starting XI at the Nou Camp.

That offer was firmly rejected by west Londoners, but an even bigger one is set to come their way in the coming days.

Express Sport understands that Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang are ready to test Chelsea’s resolve this month with a sizeable bid.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been steadfast in his refusal to part company with Willian this month but could be tempted to do so if Yifang make an enticing offer.

Willian hasn’t let the uncertainty surrounding his future affect his performances on the pitch and he turned in a stellar display in .

And for now, at least, the .

“My future? My future is here at Chelsea,” he told BT Sport after Saturday’s win over Newcastle. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Sarri is currently in the dark over Willian’s future but is keen for him to remain at the club.

“I didn’t receive anything yesterday. You have to ask the club! I have no idea,” the Italian said. “Of course I don’t want to lose him. Willian is very important for us so I think it’s impossible to lose him in January.

“He can do better because the potential is high. Usually, he wants the ball to his feet.

“He can improve on his movements without the ball, and he has the potential to score more.”

Willian and his Chelsea team-mates will be back in action next Saturday when they travel to the Emirates to take on fifth-placed Arsenal.

A win in north London will extend their lead over the Gunners to ten points and effectively kill off Unai Emery’s side’s chances of claiming fourth spot this season.

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