Chelsea have rejected Barcelona’s £55m bid for Brazilian winger Willian according to Sky Sports. Barcelona tabled their third bid for the winger on Friday after having  £52m bid rejected by the London club. According to the paper, Manchester United are also keeping tabs on the availability of Willian.

Willian, who won Chelsea’s Player’s player of the year last season, expressed his desire to leave the club after being ditched out of Chelsea’s FA Cup final Starting XI against Manchester United. It is understood that the player did not have a good relationship with Antonio Conte.

Antonio Conte has been sacked and replaced by Maurizio Sarri. However, it is still not clear if Willian is relishing the chance to work with attacking manager like Sarri or leave the club. Chelsea rejecting such a high amount for a player who will turn thirty this August suggests two possibilities.

First, Willian wants to work with Sarri. In my view, Willian is relishing the chance to work with an attacking manager like Sarri. Premier League clubs including Chelsea can buy players only until Aug 9 whereas teams from another league can still buy Premier league’s player until Aug 31. With Eden Hazard already indicating that he wants to leave the club, Chelsea should have been bidding for wingers had Willian also opted to leave the club.

Second, Chelsea wants to cough off as much as money from Willian’s sale and re-invest it on buying a winger. In all fairness, Willian will leave Chelsea only if the club can find a decent winger to replace him. This leaves a possibility that Chelsea will exchange Willian with Manchester United’s Anthony Martial or Barcelona’s Dembele.

Aakash Upadhaya