Barcelona In Front Of United
Manchester United have been told to pay over £70million for Chelsea winger Willian.
The Brazil international has been the subject of interest from Old Trafford ever since Jose Mourinho was appointed manager in 2016.
Willian has been linked with United over the course of the summer, but reports at the weekend suggested that Barcelona are also keen. The Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo claims that Willian is keen to move to the Nou Camp and that any interest from the La Liga champions would be received more favourably by the Brazilian than a bid from United.
“Barça and Real Madrid are the two biggest clubs in the world, the clubs with the most visibility – it’s everyone’s dream,” he said.
“Of course, there are other big clubs such as Bayern or PSG , but these two are different,”
Willian has a contract at Stamford Bridge that runs to 2020. Barca are being linked with a bid of £50million, but Mundo Deportivo claims to have knowledge that the Catalan giants won’t entertain any bid of less than €80million (£70million).
Barcelona would still be interested at that price. They would partially finance the deal through the €50million (£44million) sale of Paulinho. There is already one club interested in the Brazilian forward at that price. The 29-year-old only moved to Barca from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande last summer for €40million.
Blind Willing To Take Pay Cut
Manchester United defender Daley Blind is ready to take a pay cut to leave Old Trafford and rejoin his former club Ajax.
Blind moved to Old Trafford from the Dutch side four years ago in a deal worth £13.8million and Ajax are keen to bring him back to the club where he spent the whole of his career prior to the move.
Blind has a year left on his current deal after United triggered a one-year extension that will take him to 2020. Ajax are willing to pay a transfer fee for Blind, but they cannot afford his £120,000-a-week wages on top of that.
The 28-year-old is willing to take a pay cut to get back to playing first-team football again. He played 17 games for United last season of which only seven came in the Premier League – four as a starter.