Willian Interest To Be Stepped Up?
Manchester United will step up their efforts to sign Chelsea winger Willian now that Brazil are out of the World Cup.
The 29-year-old was substituted at half-time in his country’s 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Belgium on Friday. Willian started all five of Brazil’s games although he was substituted in three of them.
United boss Jose Mourinho has Willian on a transfer wish-list that includes no fewer than eight candidates for a new centre-half.
But the situation is muddied by events at Chelsea. The west London side are hamstrung at present with doubts over the club’s managerial position. Antonio Conte is technically still in charge, but the club are trying to recruit former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri. The problem is that Sarri is still under contract and Napoli are demanding that Chelsea pay his €8million release clause. The Premier League club will go no higher than €5million.
If the situation isn’t resolved soon then Conte will be back in charge and Willian could be heading for the exit. He has made 70 Premier League appearances for Chelsea during Conte’s two years in charge, but half of those – 35 – have been off the substitutes’ bench. Jose Mourinho brought Willian to Stamford Bridge during his time as manager.
Chelsea will be looking to raise cash this summer with the club having a £35million hole in their accounts after failing to qualify for the Champions League.
However, Manchester United will face competition from Barcelona for Willian’s signature. Lionel Messi is reported to be keen to link up with the Brazilian and will urge the Catalan side’s hierarchy to put in a bid.
United Linked Again With Lozano
Manchester United are being linked once again with Mexico international forward Hirving Lozano.
The 22-year-old PSV Eindhoven winger impressed for his country at the World Cup and reports from Italy claim a €40million (£35million) bid from United could be on the cards.
United’s interest in Lozano goes back to April 2016 when Football Gossip first reported they were keeping tabs on the youngster. At that stage he was playing with Pachuca in his homeland. But the Red Devils watched as Lozano headed last summer to PSV. He scored 19 goals in his first season with the Dutch side and chipped in with 11 assists.
However, Jose Mourinho is thought to be more interested in strengthening other aspects of his squad. A move for Lozano might not be in his mind at the moment.