One of the advantages of having Jose Mourinho as a manager is the rich list of talents he has worked with in the past, most of them aiding him in attaining one form of success or another.
His most recent stint at Chelsea has perhaps the most viable bunch of players from which to choose, and the proximity of the Premier League will ensure that a move for any of the talents can be a comfortable and fruitful one.
If the latest speculation about one Blue, in particular, is to be believed, that indeed appears to be the case.
According to Daily Mail, Manchester United have inquired into the price and availability of Willian over a potential January transfer.
However, the same source added that Chelsea have expressly denied all interest, as a move midway through the season for one of their stellar players is one that they simply can’t afford.
This is interesting, as Willian has seen a sharp descent from the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. The arrival of Alvaro Morata and the strong presence of Pedro in the attacking aspect has ensured that Willian’s role is largely that of a substitute, and clearly a waste of his versatile skills.
Thus, the 29-year-old Brazilian is thought to be heavily frustrated, and as of such, a move away to Old Trafford might not be the worst of things to opt for.
Reunited with Mourinho, he might find the perfect destination for his abilities, and also ensure regular game time, as the Red Devils are eager for a player in his position.
With 36 goals and 34 assists in 206 games for Chelsea, Willian is not a player one can easily cast aside, and as of such, Antonio Conte might have a hard time keeping hold of him should United come definitively knocking in January.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.