Chelsea will be forced into a big decision in the early days of the summer transfer window, according to the Mirror, with another huge offer from the Chinese Super League in the offing.
The Blues decided to cash in on first team star Ramires in January after they received a £25million offer from Jiangsu Suning. The player himself was tempted by the incredible wages on offer.
Now, another CSL club is set to give Stamford Bridge officials an even bigger problem. Guangzhou Evergrande are preparing to offer a mammoth £50million for Willian. They will also offer to double the Brazilian's £120,000-a-week wages.
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The 27-year-old has been Chelsea's best player this season and continued to shine brightly while the likes of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have faltered. With 11 goals and six assists in all competitions, Willian has been Chelsea's most effective attacking player.
While incoming manager Antonio Conte will not be happy to see his future club sell their best-performing player, the huge money on offer from China would surely leave them with little choice but to sell. It would then be up to Willian to decide whether he prioritises money over his career.
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Guangzhou is currently managed by a familiar face in Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has succeeded in recent transfer pursuits of Colombian striker Jackson Martinez and Brazilian midfielder Paulinho.
Willian cost Chelsea £30m to sign from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala in January 2013 and making a significant profit on that investment would prove excellent business for the Blues. He has just two years left on his contract as well, meaning they must either decide to sell or offer him a new deal.
Chelsea's offer of an extension, worth £120,000-a-week, has been on the table for some time and Willian has previously made his intentions to stay at Stamford Bridge clear. But the chance to supercharge the pension fund with a stint in China would be enough to turn anyone's head.
Leave it to the agents
“I am very happy here,” Willian told the Telegraph in January. “When I was playing in Ukraine I wanted to come here so coming here was the realisation of a dream. Of course, I want to stay. But at the same time my head is quite calm. I am just going to see how things go. I’m happy.
“The club knows exactly how I feel and I leave it up to my agent to deal with it (the contract) and deal with it with the club. My agent knows exactly how I feel.”
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