Manchester United told to pay £70.8m for star winger – not Bale

Manchester United told to pay £70.8m for star winger – not Bale

By Mark Weasley

Manchester United have been told to pay up to £70 million if we want to buy Willian from Chelsea.

The 29-year-old has long been a target of United boss, Jose Mourinho who worked with him at Stamford Bridge and has placed the Brazilian as one of the key players he wants to buy in a bid to move us back into title contention.

We certainly need a speedy, direct right winger, because Marcus Rashford has striking instincts and Juan Mata prefers to drift into the number 10 role: given that right-back Antonio Valencia no longer has the pace he did 18 months ago, width is desperately needed on that flank.

Whether Willian, who himself has played as an attacking midfielder at times, is the answer remains to be seen, but the wide man certainly shone in Chelsea’s 1-1 home draw with Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League last term.

According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t London Evening Standard), Chelsea are asking for £70.8m should any club decide to get the former Shakhtar Donetsk man.

Willian, who is currently playing at the World Cup, is open to the possibility of leaving Chelsea this summer; although it is yet to be known what likely incoming manager Maurizio Sarri’s stance is.

Chelsea are ready to let Willian go, as he is 30 by next month and the £70.8m may prove too steep for interested parties.

Barcelona have also expressed interest in him, though; The Blues reportedly rejected a bid of £50m for his services.

He is known for his creativity, dribbling and set piece prowess. He joined Chelsea in the summer of 2013 on a £32m deal from Anzhi Makhachkala and has since made 236 appearances, scoring on 44 occasions.

Willian would be a good signing for United but he, alone, wouldn’t solve all our problems.

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