It has been revealed that The Blues have already had a bid for the Brazil international rejected by the Ukrainian side, with an improved offer expected to be lodged to try and change Shakhtar’s mind.
The midfielder is open to a move to Stamford Bridge, especially given the fact that there are a number of his countrymen already at the club.
“I wouldn’t have any fears about coming to England because I have played against English sides in the Champions League and studied the English game,” Willian told The Sun.
“To play in a league that is seen throughout the world would be good for my hopes of playing regularly for Brazil, especially with the World Cup at home in two years’ time.
“That is my aim. I’ve worked hard for four years to establish myself in the national team.
“It has taken that long but now I feel I have a good relationship with the coach and I want to keep working hard, so I remain in the side.
“There are times when you look at your life and realise how lucky you’ve been.
“I’ve played for a great club in Corinthians and been successful. I moved to Shakhtar and that turned into a great move too.
“There was talk about Barcelona and Arsenal before but now Chelsea are interested. If the next step of the adventure is England, then I would be excited by that.
“I have friends in the Brazil side who play for Chelsea, like David Luiz and Ramires.
“I’ve known David since we played together in the Brazil Under-20 side and he talks about what Villas-Boas is trying to build at Chelsea.
“He and Ramires feel he wants a core of young players who can mature and grow together but also be successful,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight