Barcelona are planning to sign Chelsea forward Willian on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer, reports claim.
The Spanish champions have been long-term admirers of the Brazilian and failed with a £40million bid in the most recent transfer window.
They even tried to bring him to the Nou Camp in 2013 before he joined the Blues, according to Mundo Deportivo, and the same publication reports that Barca may finally get their man at the end of the season.
Willian, 31, is out of contract in June 2020 and Chelsea rarely offer more than one-year extensions to players over 30.
Besides, with young wingers Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic at the club, the Brazilian may soon become a fringe player at Stamford Bridge.
As things stand, though, Willian appears to be at the forefront of new manager Frank Lampard’s thoughts.
After returning late from pre-season due to his Copa America exploits, the forward has started the last three Premier League games for Chelsea and bagged his first goal of the season in the 2-0 victory over Brighton on Saturday.
In his post-match press conference, Lampard said: “Everyone’s drawn to that conversation about the young players, but they will always need that experienced player around them.
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“You talk about Willian, who was not only creating chances for himself in getting his goal, but his work ethic was fantastic today.
“Those are the standards, the experienced players can set those standards and the youngsters must follow.”