Forget the transfer ban: Chelsea must cash in on 14-assist ace this summer – opinion

Barcelona are lining up another approach for Willian, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Brazil winger has been the subject of interest from the Catalan club in the past, with a £55million bid reportedly rejected last summer.

What’s the word?

The report claims that Barca, having also seen approaches for Willian rebuffed in January, are hopeful of securing a bargain deal for the 30-year-old when the summer transfer window opens.

The forward has played the full 90 minutes just eight times in the Premier League this season, with Maurizio Sarri seemingly unwilling to give Willian an extended run in the first-team.

He has scored eight goals and laid on 14 assists in all competitions, however, with the majority of the latter coming in the Europa League.

And with his contract expiring at the end of next season, Barcelona are said to be weighing up the possibility of launching another bid to sign the player this summer.

Chelsea, of course, are currently suspended from signing players in the coming window after being hit with a FIFA transfer ban.

The Telegraph subsequently report that Willian could be forced to honour his contract and potentially leave the club on a free transfer once the 2019-20 campaign ends.

Manna from heaven

Chelsea should snap Barcelona’s hand off.

Yes, they are banned from buying players in the summer, but there is a two-pronged effect at play here.

Firstly, Willian’s departure would free up space for Callum Hudson-Odoi to receive the game time he has pleaded for and so richly deserves.

Secondly, Chelsea pocket a transfer fee for a player who has so clearly passed his peak.

Of course, the club have already effectively secured Willian’s replacement, signing Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in January and loaning him back to the German club.

He will arrive at Stamford Bridge in the summer; Willian will have departed by then, provided Chelsea have any sense.

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