Jose Mourinho has vowed to sign Willian from Chelsea this summer despite the Blues’ £60m valuation of the Brazilian.
This is coming just months after Manchester United signed Nemanja Matic from Stamford Bridge but failed with their inquiries for Willian.
The Brazilian international has been one of Chelsea’s brightest sparks in recent weeks and scored in the club’s 2-1 defeat to United in February at Old Trafford and in the 1-1 home draw with Barcelona in the Champions League last 16.
Mourinho’s side crashed out of the Champions League after a shock 2-1 defeat to Sevilla on Tuesday and Mourinho’s expected to spend big again to close in on Manchester City next season.
The Sun UK reports that the Portuguese manager has vowed to try again to sign the Chelsea star and is open to meeting Chelsea’s £60m valuation.
Possibility of the deal could depend on the future of Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge with the Italian expected to depart in the summer after two seasons in west London.
Willian is not the only player the Portuguese is in talks with. Reports have it that he’s contact Raphael Varane of Real Madrid.
Jose Mourinho is a huge admirer of the Real Madrid defender, who he signed during his time at the Bernabeu. He has long been coveted by United – dating back to Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign.
Asked about contact from Mourinho since he took charge at Old Trafford, Varane told El Larguero: “No, not directly. There were contacts, but not directly.”
Mourinho has spent £61m trying overhaul his defence since taking over at United.
Eric Bailly has been one of his most successful signings – but £31m Victor Lindelof has failed to convince in his first season at the club. Perhaps, he’s now looking to see Varane play a role in his defense ahead of next season.