Stamford Bridge opening offer turned down.
Shakhtar Donestsk CEO Sergei Palkin has told Sky Sports News’ Bryan Swanson the club have received a bid from Chelsea for Willian.
Over the weekend Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas labelled the Brazilian international an ‘interesting’ player, although he also hinted he only wanted players that were not cup-tied in other competitions.
Palkin has revealed Chelsea’s offer to be €20million (£16.7m), something that was swiftly rejected as the 23-year-old is ‘not for sale’.
The bid falls well short of Shakhtar’s valuation with the Ukraine giants believed to be holding out for £29million for the former Corinthians man.
“We have received a bid from Chelsea for Willian valued at €20million, but he is not for sale,” confirmed Palkin.
SOURCE: Sky Sports
Will this be the first of many offers from Chelsea for the talented 23 year old? Well Andre Villas-Boas is thought to be a big fan of the adaptable attacker and may well give it another shot but it unlikely to consider forking out £29m for the Shakhtar Donetsk man.
Willian has been at the Ukraine club four and a half years and after winning multiple trophies with the club, including three domestic titles, two domestic cups and the UEFA Cup, the Brazilian would surely be tempted by a move to Chelsea where he would team up with countrymen Ramires, David Luiz and the seemingly exit bound Alex.
Chelsea have already nabbed Gary Cahill this month and having seen the Blues once again fail to break down the opposition, with a 0-0 draw at Norwich City, Villas-Boas may be keen to bring in more creativity in the attacking third and Willian would indeed do just that.
The former Corinthians man is a regular scorer from the midfield and is perhaps most effective in an advanced central attacking role behind the strikers and a move away from Shakhtar seems more likely following their poor Champions League showing this term as they collected just one from a fairly average group that included FC Porto, APOEL Nicosia and Zenit St. Petersburg.