Forget Coutinho, Barca are lining up a bid for this Brazilian star

Barcelona are set to line up a bid for Chelsea’s Willian, should they not land priority target Philippe Coutinho.

The Daily Mail are reporting that Spanish giants will table a bid in January, fearing that they have missed out on Coutinho –  they had several bids knocked back in the summer.

 

The Verdict

Willian has started just seven games this season, and has had to deal with life on the side-lines, reduced to a bit-part role. Yet he has score four times, attesting to his obvious quality.

The Brazilian was Chelsea’s Player of the Year before Antonio Conte took over the club, but has failed to make himself a favourite under the Italian.

Willian’s industry would complement the more pragmatic style Ernesto Valverde is employing at Barcelona – his technical abilities, too, would seamlessly see him fit into a side that still plays expansive and enterprising football.

This deal is very much dependent on whether Coutinho does get his dream move, but should Willian move to the Nou Camp it would be a good deal for both Barcelona and Willian, who would be swapping Chelsea for the biggest club in the world and – presumably – be handed more game time.

 

Written by Michael Jones

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