Highly rated Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Willian has emerged as the latest samba star to be linked with a move to Chelsea reports the Daily Star.
The 22-year-old Brazilian has delivered a number of scintillating performances for the Ukranian club side this season, starring in Shakhtar’s run to the Champions League quarter-finals this year.
Willian joined Shakhtar in 2007 after leaving Sao Paulo based giants Corinthians in a €19million deal soon after his eighteenth birthday.
Having developed into a key first team player over the past few seasons, Willian’s recent form has also attracted the attention of La Liga leaders Barcelona, with Pep Guardiola rumoured to be considering a summer approach for the Brazilian under-20 international.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is alleged to have been quietly keeping tabs on Willian since he helped Donetsk to UEFA Cup glory back in 2009, and the Blues boss has identified the precocious talent as one of his next big-money targets.
Having bankrolled the £75million that saw Fernando Torres and David Luiz move to Stamford Bridge in January, Blues owner Roman Abramovich is keen to continue the rebuilding process at Chelsea, but will have to be prepared to fork out another £25million to engineer this deal.
With a growing South American contingent in the Barclays Premier League, Willian could become the latest player to move to West London, joining fellow Brazilian’s Alex and the aforementioned Luiz under the Abramovich-Ancelotti Chelsea regime.
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