Chelsea transfer news: Willian update as Jose Mourinho waits on Man Utd move
Willian has yet to return to pre-season following the World Cup but reports have suggested he was expected to be back already.
The Times claim he was expected back in London last Friday but is still yet to appear at Cobham.
And now Sky Sports are saying that he will return tomorrow when he is expected to hold talks with the club over his future.
The club are said to be aware of his movement and have given him permission to extend his break.
Willian has been linked with both Manchester United and Barcelona, but the Spanish champions have since snapped up Malcom after seeing two bids knocked back.
United are still in the hunt for a winger but yesterday Willian claimed he was happy at Chelsea.
When asked if he was on the move this summer he told Globo Esporte: “No, I’m back to England. I’m very happy at Chelsea.
“I’m very happy living in London.”
However he remains on United’s radar as Jose Mourinho looks to add another forward to his ranks.
Ivan Perisic is understood to be his top target after a move for Gareth Bale proved impossible.
Willian would cost around £70m as Chelsea look to generate funds for new boss Maurizio Sarri and United are hesitant to pay big for players approaching their 30s.
Willian will be 30 on transfer deadline day and will have little sell-on value.
Mourinho is also after a central defender and expects to still get one deal done before next Thursday.
“I am confident I get one,” Mourinho said.
“I am confident I get one, but I think two I am not going to get which is not a drama.
“I think in every pre-season it happens basically the same and probably with every club, which is the manager wants more.
“It’s our nature, it’s our way of being – you always want more for your team.
“But then club decisions are different and normally you don’t get what you want, which happened basically during all my career.
“So, if I get one player until the end of the market, that’s fine.”
So far United’s transfer business has been restricted to Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant.
But Mourinho is keen for a centre-back and winger to help challenge champions City and Liverpool for the title.
But the Portuguese is in a foul mood over the summer operations and has even been backed for the sack.
Bookmakers have made him among the favourites to be the first manager booted this season as the dark clouds circle Old Trafford.
And Mourinho has been complaining about the transfer window not corresponding with other countries.
“I agree that when the Premier League starts, the transfer window close,” Mourinho said. “I agree with that.
“I am not a big fan of some player to start the Premier League with one club and a couple of weeks later the transfer window is still open and he moves to another club and he plays against his former club. I really don’t like that.
“I agree totally with the window closing at the same time the Premier League starts.
“What I don’t agree is that the Premier League starts now.
“You look to other countries and the countries with lots of players in the World Cup, they start later.
“You look to Spain, to Italy, they start later, and the Premier League could, should do that.”