Chelsea and Willian have not been able to reach a compromise over the length of a new contract extension, and it’s looking likely that the veteran winger will leave in the next transfer window after seven years at the club, despite head coach Frank Lampard’s wishes to the contrary.
He’s made it clear that if he can’t stay at Chelsea, he would like to stay in London (i.e. Arsenal or Mourinho’s Spurs) or at least the Premier League, but that won’t stop teams from elsewhere from trying as well.
Il Messaggero (via Sport Witness) talks about the interest from three Serie A clubs, Juventus, Inter Milan and AS Roma. However, Willian’s feelings towards Antonio Conte are well known, which should immediately rule out Inter Milan. He’s also apparently unlikely to join Juventus because of Maurizio Sarri — less over animosity there, but Willian was apparently not all that happy with Sarri’s methods or tactics.
This would make AS Roma the favorites should Willian consider continuing his career in Italy. However, there’s a sticking point regarding the finances involved, with Roma unable to meet Willian’s demand for a three-year deal at €5m/season.
So, with the Italians ruled out, and Barcelona and Bayern Munich having alternate primary targets, it’s extremely probable that Willian will end up signing for one of our rivals, maybe even for a London-based one. At the end of the day, football is a business, and while it would be great if Willian never played for another Premier League club, he has limited choices and he would want to make the best possible one for himself and his family — and if he’s out of contract, there’s little we can do to stop him.