In what could be seen as a massive blow for new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, it appears that Brazilian winger Willian sees his future away from Stamford Bridge.
The 29-year-old has seen himself frustrated in recent seasons by the lack of first-team opportunities and it seems as though he wants to take this opportunity to move to another club.
A number of publications claim Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Manchester United are keen to sign him, but Barcelona are also trailing the former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder and will be monitoring events closely.
Sarri has called for his stars to give him a chance in the next few weeks but with the transfer deadline closing in three weeks, he will need to get an answer from his biggest players soon so that he can make the necessary moves in the market.
Willian has made 166 appearances for Chelsea in the last five years, scoring 25 goals and it was common consensus that he should have had more opportunities last term. This led to him falling out with previous manager Antonio Conte and the issuing of a statement in which he said he would not remain at the London club if the Italian remained in his position.
Sarri’s arrival spelt optimism for Blues fans as it looked as though the fresh outlook on things may prove crucial in keeping some of the club’s best players, but this latest development seems to have proven that a false dawn and it will be a situation that will develop in the coming weeks.
There was better news for the Blues faithful as news of a potential link up with Chelsea legend Petr Cech arose on Tuesday, should current stopper Thibault Courtois head off to Real Madrid this summer. This coupled with the news that Gianfranco Zola has signed up to be Sarri’s assistant for the forthcoming season means that is not all doom and gloom in this summer of turbulence for the West London club.