Earlier this week, The Sun reported that Barcelona were willing to offer £30 million to Chelsea to sign Willian this summer.
The fee would represent excellent business for the Blues, as the club would be gaining a significant amount of money for a 30-year-old winger in declining form whose contract expires next year.
Willian joined Chelsea back in 2013 and has had a largely unproductive season at Stamford Bridge. The Brazilian winger has scored just three Premier League goals to date, his lowest seasonal tally since he scored twice in 2014/15.
His last league goal came in January, and it is clear that Willian is no longer the dominating winger he was in his prime when he helped the Blues lift two league titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup.
The fact that Barcelona are, according to The Sun, willing to pay £30 million for the Chelsea attacker seems at odds with what he has contributed to the team this season and is, therefore, a deal the club can ill afford to pass up.
Willian has just one year left on his contract, and the Blues risk losing him for nothing next summer. The Brazilian’s six-season stay in west London looks set to come to an end if the Spanish side’s reported offer materialises.
Selling the 30-year-old in the upcoming transfer window may be a difficult decision for Chelsea supporters to take, but the financial bonus for the club would be far too significant to turn down – particularly with a transfer embargo hanging over them.