News that Neymar Jr. will be out until April forced the French champions-elect into action. The starman of the Parc Des Princes broke a metatarsal and is sidelined for 10 weeks meaning he misses the Champions League tie with Manchester United.
Thirty-year-old Blues midfielder Willian is their latest target but far from their first choice. That was Mesut Ozil, 30, but their approach to the Arsenal maverick was rejected, despite the German’s fractious relationship with head coach Unai Emery. It’s believed Ozil is waiting for the summer before assessing all his options.
That brought the Parisiens to West London and the Brazil international, but they are not the only ones casting their eyes in Willian’s direction.
Barcelona previously considered the midfielder, instead opting for his younger compatriot Philippe Coutinho, 26, while Dalian Yifang were discouraged by his representatives as the player wanted to remain in Europe.
The Blues are hoping that interest is resurrected to raise the price for the fan favourite. Willian has 18 months remaining on his current deal which makes this winter a good time financially to sell. However, the 4 – 0 drubbing at Bournemouth tonight may mean Chelsea batten down the hatches as they fight for a Champions League future.