Death. Taxes. Willian getting linked with Barcelona.
This trend, which first started in summer 2018, has continued through January 2019, summer 2019 and January 2020 as well. Now, according to Sky Sports and Brazilian outlet Esporte Interativo, Barcelona are back once again.
Their interest has not waned, and now that Willian’s set to be a free agent, they are keen to finally get him to come to Spain.
Chelsea, Barcelona and Inter Miami have all made contract offers to Brazilian forward Willian.— Sky Sports (@SkySports) July 31, 2020
Should Willian stay at Stamford Bridge?
It’s worth noting that Barcelona’s financial situation is fairly calamitous at the moment, and signing Willian on a free could be one of the more realistic ways to reinforce their squad this summer. Chelsea are no longer able to reject all their bids, and Barca will be hoping to bring in the 31-year-old with the future of Ousmane Dembele uncertain.
While Esporte Interativo only claim that Willian’s future is definitely not with Chelsea, Sky Sports are reporting that Barcelona are willing to meet Willian’s demand of a 3-year-contract (unlike Chelsea with our 2-year offer), which is certainly big news, if true.
DISPUTADO! Segundo apuração do nosso correspondente @fredcaldeira, Barcelona e Arsenal são os clubes interessados no futebol de Willian, que tem seu vínculo com o Chelsea se encerrando no final da temporada. E aí, qual clube seria o melhor para o brasileiro? pic.twitter.com/2WL19ljefS— Esporte Interativo (de ) (@Esp_Interativo) July 31, 2020
Willian’s departure from the club has been becoming more and more evident, and while he has every right to go to a club of his own choosing, we would certainly feel better if he decided move abroad and played for a club such as Barcelona instead of a Premier League rival like Arsenal, especially after last night’s events. Willian has stated that he’d prefer to stay in London, but maybe Barcelona could tempt him after all this time.
(Ed.note: Willian missed the FA Cup final through injury, just like he did the last match of the Premier League season. And given what happened to Pedro with the dislocated shoulder, it’s probably good that Willian didn’t push his luck and his fitness too much.)
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We've been working all season to enjoy a moment like this, playing a great final match at Wembley. I did treatment for the whole week, but unfortunately the pain persists. I won't be on the field this time, but I am with my teammates until the end! Come on Blues!!! . Trabalhamos toda a temporada para ter a oportunidade de desfrutar de um momento como esse, uma grande final em Wembley. Fiz tratamento durante toda a semana, mas infelizmente as dores persistem. Não poderei estar em campo dessa vez, mas estou com com meus companheiros até o fim! Vamos Chelsea!!! #CFC #facup #final #Comeonchelsea #W10 #chelseafc