Willian running down Chelsea deal, waiting for Barcelona

Chelsea forward Willian is running down his contract at Stamford Bridge and is waiting to negotiate with Barcelona, say El Mundo Deportivo.

It follows a report in the same outlet last week claiming the defending La Liga champions are set to revive their interest in the Brazilian international – after originally wanting to sign him in 2013, before he moved to the Premier League – with his contract now expiring next summer.

Pep Guardiola was linked with bringing him to the Camp Nou, however no move materialised, and he moved on to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, and then Chelsea.

Despite his success in England, Barcelona have consistently retained a passing interest in the 31-year old, and reports in the UK media over the summer linked Ernesto Valverde with a €40m move for the unsettled star.

However, they are now reported to be willing to wait until June 2020, when his contract at Stamford Bridge expires, and he can join the club on a free transfer.

It is claimed by the fresh report that no transfer fee, the player’s versatility and goal output will all be key behind the move.

Italian champions Juventus have also been linked with a move for the Brazil international. 

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