Barcelona are set to return to Chelsea with a second bid for Brazilian international Willian, according to the Daily Mail.
The Mail report that Barca saw an opening £50m offer rejected by the Blues but will up their bid substantially to take it to £60m, comprised of £55m plus add-ons.
Philippe Coutinho is reportedly key to the deal as the Barcelona hierarchy want him to link up with his international team-mate at the Nou Camp, despite Brazil’s failed World Cup campaign.
Willian reportedly put talks about his future on hold during the tournament out in Russia but Barcelona believe he is now ready to discuss the next stage of his career.
Barcelona’s keenness to splash the cash on Willian is something of a surprise; he is an ageing player that would likely not start for them.
Further, he does not appear to fit the Barcelona style of play or possess that elite quality to form one of world football’s best attack lines.
He is not a regular for Chelsea and offloading somebody who isn’t that important for such a bumper fee would really liberate the new manager to spend big on reinforcements, and it would prove that the Blues are one of the best in the transfer market given they could get almost double the £32m fee they paid for the Brazilian almost five years ago.