Chelsea have turned down a £50million offer from Barcelona for midfielder Willian.
Despite winning the league and cup double last campaign, Barca have concerns that their squad still lacks quality in depth and attacking flair, particularly after their shock Champions League loss to Roma.
The Spanish side see the 29-year-old as a playmaker who can add an extra flair to their attack after the departure of Andres Iniesta and want him to link up with Philippe Coutinho.
Willian’s representatives have been in Barcelona and the offer from the Spanish giants will be tempting but Chelsea have shown no willingness to sell.
Manchester United are also interested in a deal for the Brazil international.
It is understood that United would be willing to offer even more to sign a player their manager rates highly.
United made advances to sign Willian in January but Chelsea resisted.
Willian managed to score 13 goals last campaign and was arguably Chelsea’s best player when they played Barcelona in the Champions League.
He is a popular figure at Stamford Bridge, and the club would not be willing to allow him leave, but he turns 30 in August and a higher offer could prove harder to turn down.
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