Chelsea have had a bid of £27 million for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian rejected, and told to stump up £32 million if they want him, according to The Daily Mail.
The Blues are looking to bolster their attacking options this summer, and have already signed Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Kevin De Bruyne, with Oscar and Hulk also in their cross-hairs.
However, the Stamford Bridge side have long-coveted the Brazil international, who is seemingly ready to move to open of Europe’s top leagues after excellent performances in Ukraine and in the Champions League.
Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu has admitted that Chelsea are interested, but they will need to up their offer for the South American star to move to west London.
“I had a conversation with Willian and the club president about Chelsea’s interest. I told Willian he can leave, but only if the right offer is made. He’s a great player.
“Willian was the biggest investment Shakhtar have made in a young player, and we have to respect that. Clubs should not assume that if a player is coming from the east that the price is lower.
“They paid a lot of money for Hazard but are not willing to pay that for Willian, even though he’s better in my opinion,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight