Brazilian midfielder Willian was one of the few strong performers in Chelsea’s ill-fated 2015-16 season, where the Blues finished 10th in the league coming off winning the Premier League the year before. While players such as Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, and Cesc Fabregas saw their forms dramatically drop off, leading to the eventual sacking of Jose Mourinho, Willian stepped up, scoring 11 goals in all competitions including some stunning free kicks. With manager Antonio Conte preferring Pedro on the right-wing spot, Willian could find his way out of Stamford Bridge.
According to ESPN FC, Mourinho is looking to sign Willian as part of his summer roster overhaul. The Portuguese is looking to make at least four signings, including defensive and midfield reinforcements along with a pair of forwards to replace the departing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney. Despite continuing his strong form with Chelsea, scoring 10 goals in all competitions, Willian has only started 13 Premier League matches, making most of his appearances as a substitute.
Although Willian scored two goals in Chelsea’s 4-2 FA Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur, he was dropped for Tuesday’s 4-2 clash against Southampton, only making a 60-second cameo appearance. Mourinho feels that Willian’s combination of pace, experience and goalscoring can make an impact on the United midfield and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has been instructed to pursue the signing.
Signed in a £32 Million deal from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala back in 2013, Willian has developed into a quality goal threat for Chelsea along with providing pace and energy to the side. He will not be an easy signing as the Blues will surely be reluctant to sell to a direct rival. They are in no hurry to sell either, as Willian was signed to a four-year contract back in July, rejecting an offer from the Chinese Super League back in January. Despite this, Mourinho feels that the relative lack of playing time can convince Chelsea to sell.