Cape Town - Spanish champions Barcelona are reportedly
preparing an offer for Chelsea forward Willian, with the Brazilian set to enter
the final six months of his current deal in January.
Brazil international Willian has been at Stamford Bridge
since 2013 when he made the move from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, and has been a regular first-team fixture over the years.
He has notched over 200
Premier League appearances and scoring 28 goals in the process.
As things stand, the 31-year-old's contract is set to expire
next summer and it is unclear whether Chelsea are willing to offer the forward
fresh terms, bringing about the possibility of the Ribeirao Pires-born star
leaving the English outfit on a free transfer.
Frank Lampard has been happy to give youth a chance this
season, handing opportunities to the likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham,
Fikayo Tomori and Reece James, and the older players in the squad could be
moved on in the next couple of transfer windows.
Barcelona, who have made a mixed start to the 2019/20
campaign, have long held an interest in Willian and it was claimed the Catalans
failed with a bid to sign the forward in January this year, being knocked back
by former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.
However, it could be second time lucky for the Spanish side
and they are in line to get the Brazilian on a free transfer.
It is thought that the Chelsea star is very interested in a
move to the Camp Nou and he will be able to talk to European clubs at the turn
of the year about a move.