Manchester United to battle Barça for Chelsea's Willian

Manchester United to battle Barça for Chelsea's Willian

Willian vowed to focus on the World Cup and look at his future after returning from Russian Federation but Brazil were dumped out on Friday as they lost 2-1 to Belgium in the quarter-final.

Willian is therefore wanted following the departure of Andres Iniesta and the Barca hierarchy also want him to link up with compatriot Philippe Coutinho.

Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho maintains an interest in reuniting with Willian, whom he managed previously while in charge at Chelsea, but Barca have the edge as the playmaker is "determined" to play alongside Lionel Messi, per Mundo Deportivo (via the Mirror's Thomas Bristow).

Chelsea parting with Eden Hazard and Willian during the summer transfer window would leave them needing to "buy a whole new squad", says Wayne Bridge.

The 29-year-old has established himself as a Blues hero throughout his five years in west London.

Willian to wave goodbye to Chelsea?

Meanwhile, United's cross-city rivals Manchester City plan to delve into their academy next season, with boss Pep Guardiola promoting Daniel Grimshaw to the seniors.


Chelsea want to axe Conte, but are reluctant to fork out his £9million compensation fee, as well as pay Napoli the figure they are demanding for Sarri.

If the recently-dethroned champions are to sell the Brazilian, they would prefer to sell to a foreign club after receiving criticism for selling Nemanja Matic to United past year.

Mourinho has always held Willian in high regard, and would see him as a superb replacement for Martial, who became a bit-part player last season at the Theatre Of Dreams.

If Willian arrives at Old Trafford, once again Mata could be shown the exit door by Mourinho.

"There were a few conversations with my agent". The Brazil worldwide has been heavily tipped to leave Stamford Bridge since the close of the campaign and according to The Sun, they are prepared to beat Barcelona to the player's services.

'People speculate a lot.

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