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Juventus consider bid for Chelsea star Willian

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Juventus are considering a big-money bid to sign Chelsea star Willian this summer, reports The Mirror.

Eyebrows were raised when Jose Mourinho forked out £32 million to sign the relatively unknown Brazil international from Anzhi Makhachkala two years ago, but doubters have since seen him emerge as a key player in the Chelsea team.

Willian has now fallen into the viewfinder of Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, who is looking to rebuild his squad in a bid to win their fifth consecutive Serie A title next season.

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He joins his Chelsea and international team-mate Oscar on Juventus' wish list as well as another Blues player Mohamed Salah.

Allegri has already confirmed his interest in Oscar but is set to miss out on Salah with the Egyptian likely to sign with Fiorentina on a permanent basis in the coming days.

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Mourinho is reportedly ready to sell Oscar, 23, because of his significant dip in form during the latter half of Chelsea's title-winning campaign and Juventus are ahead of the queue.

Pogba swap

While Oscar may be easier to come by it is less likely that Mourinho will agree to sell Willian. The Brazilian winger has been favoured by Mourinho over the likes of Juan Mata, who was later sold to Manchester United, and January signing Juan Cuadrado.

However, Juventus are aware that Chelsea are interested in signing Paul Pogba and the idea of a double swap deal could be an appealing one for all parties.

Chelsea may not be able to meet the £75m Juventus want for the French midfielder, but a deal that includes both Willian and Oscar could leave the Blues with just a minimal amount to pay.

The prices

Chelsea paid a large amount of Willian and it has been suggested that Roman Abramovich agreed to inflate the fee to help out financially strained Anzhi owner Suleyman Kerimov.

Juventus are unlikely to value the winger at any more than the £32m Chelsea paid while Oscar is valued at £25m. That would leave Chelsea with around £18m to pay for Pogba if both the Brazil stars were included.

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