With Willian about to be a free agent at the end of his contract next summer (as per Transfermarkt), many top tier clubs could be on the line to bid for him and Chelsea fans are not bothered as they already want him to leave. One of those such clubs waiting in line for the Brazilian is Juventus.
The Express reports that even Juventus might face a little bit of challenges getting the Brazilian’s signature as he has other options he might want to check out before making his decision on where he would end up for another stage of his life.
Also, according to reports by Goal, fellow Champions League giants, Barcelona might also be joining the race to sign him as soon as he becomes a free agent.
Recent signings like that of Fabio Cannavaro from Real Madrid to Juventus in 2011, Pogba from Manchester United’s academy in 2011 and that of Aaron Ramsey has placed Juventus at the forefront of clubs who enjoys privileges of signing free agents unto their side.
In the bid to build and develop the team into a formidable force, the Old Lady is already on the move to add another high-tier name to their free agent collection next summer, the most likely being Willian but also with talks on Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen being on the list of players to look out for.
Juventus Sporting Director Fabio Paratici has been following his case for some time following reports that Chelsea are unwilling to offer the 31-year-old a new contract beyond his current £120,000-a-week terms according to Evening Standard.
Barcelona are also said to have remained intent on signing him for the last ten years circling round the period he went to Shakhtar Donetsk, before moving to Anzhi Makhachkala and then on to Chelsea.
According to Telegraph, Barcelona had made a move of player-plus-cash deal that would have seen Chelsea acquire Malcom in place of Willian in a transfer worth around £50m.
The assumption generally if Chelsea is unwilling to offer him a new contract is mainly on whether he is asking for too much in terms of wages or contract length. If however it is Willian rejecting a new deal, then it would be better for Chelsea to have a top tier side acquire the Brazilian in January and pay for his services, otherwise they will be left watching him leave for nothing.