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Chelsea’s Willian is currently a really hot product on the market.
Of course, a lot of it has to do with the Brazilian’s contract actually running out in the summer of 2020, which would mean clubs could potentially snatch him up either completely for free or just for an affordable price.
His age and the current status at the club could also play a part.
After all, the Brazilian is now 31 and has not really started his 2019/20 campaign as strongly as we’re used to seeing.
Even though he recorded 1088 minutes in a total of 15 games across all competitions for Chelsea in the ongoing season, he found himself on the bench three times in the Premier League already.
And just recently, all of this was reinforced with links with Juventus and Barcelona respectively, as per reports from the The Mirror.
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But looking at those two clubs, the Italian giants should really not hesitate to pull the trigger on this transfer.
And sure, Willian is not the best goal-scorer out there but he still managed to bag 55 goals and assist a further 56 in his 307 games for the Blues, but he offers much more than just that.
His experience, both on the club and international level, could go a long way to helping them achieve success in Europe and besides, he is very much the definition of a clutch player.
Just recently, he captained his side to a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace, assisting one of the goals himself and producing a rather brilliant display.
Not to mention that he scored three goals and assisted seven in the 15 games Chelsea played on their way to Europa League glory in the 2018/19 campaign.
He’s also won 69 caps for Brazil, competing on the biggest stages of them all such as the World Cup and the Copa America.
Needless to say, if they’re looking for an impactful player with an elite mentality, a plethora of experience and a couple more years at the very top of his game, Juventus should look no further than Willian.
Even Mircea Lucescu, his former manager at Shakhtar Donetsk, believes the Bianconeri would be ideal for him. Talking to Tuttosport (via Goal) he said the following:
“Willian’s contract at Chelsea is expiring, it would be good for him to change it up a bit after all these years in London. The Bianconeri would be ideal for him.”
Whether they get him for free or on a discount is irrelevant at this point.
Either way, it’s a no-brainer and a bargain the Old Lady should not miss out on.