Chelsea To Sell £27m Man Utd Target As Conte Eyes Swoop For Brazilian Attacker
Chelsea are ready to cash-in on Man Utd target Willian in January with Antonio Conte eyeing Paris Saint-Germain attacker Lucas Moura as a replacement
The transfer window may be closed but clubs are still working hard ahead of January and next summer so we’ll bring you all the latest gossip from around the globe. Today, Willian could be leaving Chelsea…
Chelsea are ready to cash-in on Manchester United target Willian in January with Antonio Conte eyeing Paris Saint-Germain attacker Lucas Moura as a replacement, according to reports in France via Football London.
Willian joined Chelsea from Shaktar Donetsk for £27million in 2013 and he’s helped lead the west Londoners to two Premier League titles over the past four years.
However, the 29-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular first team place under Conte with the majority of his 17 appearances this season coming from the substitutes bench.
Willian also only started 15 Premier League games last season and it led to speculation during the summer linking the Brazilian international with a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
The Express reported during the latter stages of the transfer window in August that United had made a late move for Willian as Mourinho tried to lure the attacker to Old Trafford.
A move failed to materialise but United could now revive their interest as Football London are citing a report from Le 10 Sport that claims Chelsea are considering cashing-in on Willian this winter.
The French publication suggests that Conte is willing to sacrifice the player in order to fund a move to sign PSG winger Lucas Moura with the Blues looking to recoup the majority of the £27m they paid for Willian four years ago.
Moura joined PSG as one of the most exciting young attackers in world football but after an encouraging start to life in France the 25-year-old is now struggling for regular game-time.
The Brazilian winger has made just five appearances in Ligue 1 so far this term with the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler all ahead of him in the pecking order.
Moura has just 18 months left to run on his current contract and with PSG needing to offload some players to meet financial fair play guidelines, the attacker is a prime candidate to be sold this winter.
I think he’d be a fine signing for Chelsea if they could get a deal agreed but it remains to be seen whether the Blues would sanction the sale of Willian to United – if Mourinho does decide to renew his interest.
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