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Barcelona to offer Chelsea 3 players for Willian in a player-plus-cash swap deal.

Discussion in 'English league' started by sport maestro, Jul 4, 2018.

  1. sport maestro

    sport maestro Active Member

    Barcelona are ready to offer as many as three players to Chelsea in exchange for Willian as they try to knock down the Blues’ enormous asking price, according to reports in Spain.

    The Catalan club have switched their attention to Willian after Antoine Griezmann opted to remain at Atletico Madrid, and the Brazilian – who is also wanted by Manchester United – is believed to be keen to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

    Despite Willian’s desire to leave after falling out with manager Antonio Conte, Chelsea are reluctant to let him go and have slapped a £70million asking price on him.

    Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo report that Barcelona cannot afford to pay so much for Willian, so the club have proposed a player-plus-cash swap deal instead.

    They are willing to include three players in the deal, none of whom are in Ernesto Valverde’s first-team plans for next season.

    The players in question are Andre Gomes and Rafinha, who Barca are already actively looking to sell, while Paulinho is a third player the club are willing to offload if it means they can sign Willian.

    Rafinha spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter Milan, though the Italian side declined to activate their buy-out option.

    Paulinho featured regularly for Barca last season but is open to leaving, while his agent, Kia Joorabchian, also represents Willian and is believed to be at the centre of the deal.

    Willian is drawn towards Barca’s strong South American influence in the dressing room, with Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi all plying their trade at Camp Nou, but would also consider a move to Manchester United.
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