Chelsea have been told they will have pt pay €30million to land Brazilian star Willian, according to his club.
Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly looking to inject some young blood into his ageing Stamford Bridge squad.
The Blues have struggled with scoring goals in recent weeks due to the absence of Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres’ lack of form.
Willian’s club, Shakhtar Donetsk, confirmed there was interest from Chelsea in the player and indicated a willingness to listen to offers.
“The philosophy of our club is simple: If a big club offers serious money for our player, we will always consider its proposal,” club CEO Sergei Palkin is quoted as saying on Russian website Terrikon.com.
“Of course, if a player himself wants to leave. In our case, Willian expressed his desire to test himself in the Premier League.”
Palkin also confirmed that there was a minimum release clause in the 23-year-old’s contract.
However, due to his desire for a move, the club have agreed to accept offers slightly lower than the fee stated in the clause.
Willian has been at Shakhtar since 2007 after a €20million move from his Brazilian club Corinthians.
After confirming Shakhtar were open to discussing a deal for the Brazil international, Palkin revealed how much any deal would cost the likes of Chelsea.
“Willian’s contract involves a minimum release clause of 35 million Euros. But we met Willian halfway and are ready to let him go for 30 million,” added Palkin
“It should be said that for the aforementioned sum of money it will be difficult for us now to sign a player of Willian’s level.”
Villas-Boas will be worried about his team’s lack of goals and Willian is known to regularly both provide and score them.
Chelsea set an unwanted record in their drab 0-0 draw with newly promoted Norwich City early on Saturday.
The Blues became the first side to fail to score against the leaky Canaries defence in the Barclays Premier League this season.