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Barcelona lodge £53million transfer offer for Chelsea attacker Willian

Willian is wanted by Manchester United (Picture: Getty) Barcelona have reportedly submitted a second transfer bid for Chelsea attacker Willian. Chelsea rejected a £50million offer, but Barcelona have now returned with an improved bid. Manchester United want to sign Willian and reunite the Brazilian with Jose Mourinho, but hopes seem to be fading after Barcelona stepped up their pursuit. More: FootballgossipBarcelona rock Man Utd by lodging second bid for Chelsea star WillianWoman 'told police she torched field of hay bales to stop zombie apocalypse'Serena Williams says her and Meghan Markle 'helped each other through a lot' Sky Sports claim Barcelona have lodged a £52m bid and talks will continue between both clubs. Willian prefers a move to Barcelona over a switch within the Premier League and the player’s wishes may be key to the outcome of United’s efforts to land the forward. United have been tracking Willian since January, while Barcelona first made contact with Chelsea three months ago. Chelsea are in talks with Barcelona (Picture: AFP) (Picture: Getty) Willian is free to resolve his club future after Brazil’s exit from the World Cup in Russia. Brazil were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Belgium, but Willian’s performances at the tournament did not go unnoticed. Mourinho kept a close eye on proceedings in Russia working as an analyst for Russia Today, before returning to Carrington to kick off United’s pre-season this week. Jose Mourinho wants a reunion with Willian at United (Picture: Getty) (Picture: Getty) Chelsea too have begun their preparations for the new season, but Willian has been given extra time off after his World Cup exploits. Barcelona’s and United’s efforts to sign Willian may be complicated by the impending appointment of Maurizio Sarri as the Blues’ new head coach. Sarri is set to replace the sacked Antonio Conte, and has reportedly told Chelsea Willian is not to be sold under any circumstances. MORE: Maurizio Sarri tells Roman Abramovich that Eden Hazard and Willian are ‘untouchable’ at Chelsea To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video MORE: Frankfurt will accept £44m transfer offer from Manchester United for Ante Rebic More: FootballFrankfurt send clear transfer message to Man Utd over World Cup star RebicTheresa May makes Brexit trade deal pitch at Donald Trump welcome dinnerFrank exits Emmerdale after discovering Megan's affair...


Published By: Metro - Thursday, 12 July, 2018

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