Manchester United are looking increasingly desperate to end their transfer woes this summer with a blockbuster signing before the window comes to a close on August 9th.
Several players have been linked with a move to Manchester United this summer, but hardly any have actually materialized, making it seem as if the English giants just don’t possess enough appeal to land the biggest players in the world.
But if a report from Mundo Deportivo is to be believed, the club might be close to signing a highly-rated winger from their direct rivals in the Premier League.
The report claims that United are willing to pay £70m for Chelsea winger Willian, an amount that Barcelona refused to pay, and subsequently pulled out of the race to sign the Brazilian, signing Malcom for around £40m instead.
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Barcelona reportedly launched three separate bids for Willian, but the Blues denied them all and demanded £70m from the Spanish giants, a figure that didn’t appeal to the powers-that-be in Catalonia.
But Jose Mourinho is seemingly ready to oblige, and would happily pay the amount for a player he knows very well from his time at Chelsea.
The Portuguese gaffer signed Willian famously from under the noses of Tottenham Hotspur executives, and the 29-year-old has since matured into a star at Stamford Bridge.
Willian’s validation was complete after stellar performances for his country Brazil at the recently concluded World Cup in Russia, and he has been on the radar of Manchester United for a while now.
One concern with this particular deal, however, seems to be the hesitancy in the minds of Chelsea management, because selling to a direct rival may well come back to haunt them as early as the coming season in the English top flight.
Whether the deal pans out or not, we will have to wait and see.