Chelsea are willing to sell their star midfielder Willian in order to raise some transfer funds, as per reports.
Antonio Conte is believed to be on board to let the Brazilian winger leave the club this summer in order to increase the funding on some of his own potential targets.
The 28-year-old is the club’s reigning player of the year, but Conte has preferred the Spanish forward Pedro over Willian, leaving the Brazilian on the bench for most of the Blues’ campaign.
Willian has started only 19 games in all competitions for Chelsea this season, and was also surprisingly left out against Southampton in a 4-2 win last week at Stamford Bridge.
According to the Express, Chelsea will be entertaining offers for the Brazilian star this summer, and Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho seems to be the first in queue, having already made inquiries about the winger.
Mourinho had tried to sign Willian in one of his first moves after taking over as United manager last summer, but failed to land the player. However, sources close to Willian have indicated that the winger would reconsider all his options at the end of the season.
The Blues are prepared to let Willian leave, but it’s yet to be decided whether Conte would sell him to a direct rival or not.
Meanwhile, the Blues are set to allow French defender Kurt Zouma to go out on loan, and the Chelsea manager will be lining up an offer for Southampton’s centre-back Virgil van Dijk in the summer.
Blues would also be offering their young striker Tammy Abraham a new contract, doubling the striker’s money to about £50,000 a week. The on-loan Abraham has scored 26 goals in all competitions for Bristol City this season, but he may be allowed to move out on loan again next year.
Written by Sidharth Jindal