According to Italian newspaper, Tuttosport, Manchester United’s £66m bid for Willian has been accepted by Chelsea. The Brazilian international was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer and is now primed to become Jose Mourinho’s fourth signing of the ongoing transfer window.
Even though Barcelona were initially expected to bag the services of Willian earlier this summer, the addition of the Chelsea superstar could be a huge boost for the Red Devils. Willian, 29, is currently one of the highly rated wingers playing in the Premier League. Since joining the Blues back in 2013, the Brazilian has remained very consistent, playing a key role in both of Chelsea’s title-winning campaigns in the past five years.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk superstar has featured in over 230 matches for the West London giants, scoring 44 goals whilst mustering 39 assists. Even though he failed to make an impact in the recently concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup, his impressive performances in the English top flight have made him one of the most sought-after attackers in European football. Thus, he could be a viable addition for Manchester United, who will be keen on posing a strong challenge to their cross-town rivals Manchester City next season.
United’s attack has been a weakness under Jose Mourinho. Despite boasting the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku amongst many others, the Premier League giants have often been criticized for their lack of potency in the final third.
As a result, the former Real Madrid boss will be delighted if he can secure the services of Willian. During his time with Chelsea, the Brazilian has shown what he is capable of even at the highest level of football and thus, one would expect him to replicate his performances with United.
Additionally, he’s quite a versatile attacker, meaning he can be accommodated in any position across the attacking department. Although, he will most likely feature as a right winger, amid speculation linking Anthony Martial with a potential exit from Old Trafford this summer.
What makes him such an appealing target, however, is the fact that he has experience of previously working with Mourinho. In fact, the Brazilian played an integral role as Chelsea lifted the Premier League title under Mourinho back in 2015.
His ability to link up with teammates will be exciting given the fact that he will be partnering alongside Sanchez, should he join the Red Devils. Mourinho will expect the 29-year-old to provide the attacking spark that has been missing from the United attack, off late.
However, one thing is for certain, provided the Premier League giants manage to snap up the Brazilian international, the offensive trio of Willian, Sanchez and Lukaku is sure to make Manchester United one of the feared teams in European football next season.
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