Chelsea are pondering Barcelona’s latest big-money bid for 29-year-old winger Willian, with Manchester United also still lingering, according to the Daily Mail.
The Mail report that the latest bid from the La Liga champions is a whopping £65m, which Chelsea are mulling over as Maurizio Sarri plots how best to reshape his squad ahead of a renewed assault on the top four.
They also say that the Blues are aware of interest from United and expect them to make a rival bid but would rather not sell to a Premier League rival – preferring to see the Brazilian go abroad.
The report claims that the bid is Barca’s third for the wideman, and says the windfall would allow Sarri to intensify his interest in Gonzalo Higuain and Daniele Rugani.
Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, it is no secret that United have thrown good money at their problems and the current state of affairs is clear evidence that it simply hasn’t worked.
Spending £65m on a 29-year-old who has never established himself as a guaranteed first-teamer at Chelsea would, quite simply, represent awful business from United and reeks of Jose Mourinho’s short-termism.
It would be yet another sign that he is unable to build and improve a team over a sustained period of time, like Mauricio Pochettino is doing at Tottenham right now.
Additionally, with players such as Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford already at Old Trafford, pushing them down the pecking order for a player such as Willian, who works incredibly hard but lacks guile, would also be a poor move.