Transfer Talk Manchester United eager to bring Chelsea’s Willian to Old Trafford

Willian reiterates his frustrations at Chelsea after being left on the bench on numerous occasions.

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TOP STORY: Man United launch Willian raid

Jose Mourinho is ready to spend £60 million to be reunited with Chelsea midfielder Willian at Old Trafford, reports the Daily Mail.

Mourinho is a keen admirer of Willian’s qualities, having overcome interest from Liverpool and Spurs to bring the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge in 2013.

Since the manager’s departure to Manchester United, Willian has struggled to hold down a regular place at Chelsea, starting only 20 matches in the Premier League last season.

The 29-year-old hid Antonio Conte in an Instagram photo celebrating the Blues’ FA Cup victory, leading to speculation that he is eager to move on this summer.

And United front the queue for his signature, with Mourinho convinced Willian would follow Nemanja Matic’s example and become a big hit at Old Trafford.

Fekir back on the market

Liverpool might have pulled out of a deal for Nabil Fekir, but the Lyon star could still make his way to the Premier League this summer.

According to The Sun, Fekir has been offered to Chelsea and Spurs for £66m, after Liverpool refused to pay more than £53m due to concerns over the playmaker’s medical.

The Reds reportedly raised doubts over a serious knee injury the France international suffered earlier in his career, leaving Jurgen Klopp to pursue other targets.

But Lyon could still strike a deal for their prized asset, depending on whether Chelsea and Spurs see him as the perfect addition to strengthen their squads.

Liverpool line up alternatives

There had been talk of Liverpool potentially revisiting the Fekir transfer after the World Cup, but the latest developments suggest the Reds will now look elsewhere.

TalkSport says Morocco international Hakim Ziyech is just one of the names under consideration, following his impressive performances for Ajax in the Eredivisie.

Ziyech finished the season as the league’s top assist-provider, laying on 15 goals as well as scoring nine of his own.

Roma have also been linked with a €30m move for the 25-year-old, but Ziyech would surely be tempted by a switch to Anfield.

Ziyech isn’t the only name on Liverpool’s shortlist, though, with the Daily Mirror linking the Champions League finalists with a bid for highly rated Brazil youngster Lucas Paqueta.

The 20-year-old forward has impressed since breaking into the first team at Flamengo, and is reported to have a release clause of £43m.

Meanwhile, the Mirror also claims that Liverpool will activate the £35m buyout clause of Porto left-back Alex Telles.

The 25-year-old has previously been tracked by Chelsea, but a move to Anfield appears more likely at this stage.

Tap-ins

Petr Cech is being lined up for a loan move to Napoli, claims The Sun. With Arsenal aiming to bring in £22m-rated Bayer Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno, the 36-year-old might be forced to leave in search of first-team football.

– Norwich playmaker James Maddison is caught at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war between Leicester and Southampton, says the Guardian. The 21-year-old scored 15 goals in the Championship last season and is regarded as a future England international.

Mario Balotelli is leaning toward joining Marseille this summer, his agent Mino Raiola has told RMC Sport. The striker is available for nothing after his Nice contract expired, but his wage demands could still block a move to the Velodrome.

– Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric is being linked to Bayern Munich by media in his homeland, Croatia. Hoffenheim manager Alexander Rosen said last month that the Bundesliga club had turned down a bid of over €30m for Kramaric from an unnamed Italian club.