Chelsea playmaker Willian is reportedly a target for Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain and several Chinese clubs after impressing this season.
With the French outfit set to visit Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their round-of-16 Champions League clash on Wednesday, coach Laurent Blanc has reportedly received glowing reports from his scouts, according to The Mirror.
The French tactician is keen to bring in a player with the Brazilian’s characteristics after losing Ezequiel Lavezzi last month, but he is likely to face competition from big-spending clubs in China too.
At least three sides are understood to be interested in Willian, with the likes of Alex Teixeira, Jackson Martinez and Ramires all moving to the Far East in recent months as part of the Chinese Super League’s push to sign big-name players.
Whether or not Willian joins the exodus remains to be seen, but it will certainly be a tempting offer given the finances involved and the improving reputation and infrastructure that the CSL has.
Meanwhile, his more immediate focus will be on helping his current employers overturn their 2-1 deficit to PSG, with a view of advancing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Chelsea have been resurgent under Guus Hiddink since the Dutchman replaced Jose Mourinho on an interim basis last December, and he will hope to win silverware before leaving his post at the end of the season.