Chelsea may be forced to rebuff the advances of Juventus if they wish to keep Willian past the summer transfer window, as the Serie A giants are interested in the idea of luring him away from Stamford Bridge.
According to reports from Italian source TuttoMercato, the Turin outfit sent scouts to watch the Brazilian playmaker during Chelsea's 2-0 win over Galatasaray in the Champions League last night - a fixture which saw them qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition. William played over 90 minutes of action against the Turkish giants, before eventually being substituted in injury time, and so the visiting parties will have had plenty to feast their eyes upon.
Having only been at Stamford Bridge since last summer, when Jose Mourinho beat Tottenham to his signature under controversial circumstances, the 25-year-old has become an important part of the first-team setup. Despite competing with a host of other players for an attacking-midfield berth, Willian has played a large part of this year’s campaign, and it will be a surprise if the Blues allow him to leave.
However, with Mourinho said to be hell-bent on securing a world-class striker he may look to offload a number of stars in order to bolster the money he has to play with. With Chelsea not short of options when it comes to Willian’s position, a healthy bid to back up their interest may just see Juve in with a shot.
Reports also suggest that the Serie A leaders were monitoring team-mate Oscar, though the chances of acquiring him are obviously far lower.