Shakhtar Donestsk have confirmed that they've received an offer from Chelsea for Brazilian international Willian.
The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to England in the past, but now the Ukranian giants have told SkySports that the Blues have tabled a €20 million bid for the player, which was swiftly rejected.
A firm hands off warning was also placed on the attacking midfielder's head by club CEO Sergei Palkin, with any club having to meet the £29 million release clause if they want to land the former Corinthians starlet.
"We have received a bid from Chelsea for Willian valued at €20million, but he is not for sale," said Palkin.
"If it weren't for our good relationship with Chelsea, and Willian does not hide his intention to test himself in one of the best clubs in the English Premier League, we would insist on the £29 million release clause written into the player's contract," The Metro reports that Palkin continued.
Andre Villas-Boas hinted that the club might look to bring two players to Stamford Bridge this month, and after securing the services of Gary Cahill for a reported £7 million, it appears their attentions have turned to Willian.
The confirmed bid comes just days after the former Porto boss suggested that an offer was unlikely though, with his ineligibility in the Champions League a major factor in the west London outfit's thought process.
“Willian is a very interesting player but he is cup-tied in the Champions League and I don’t think we should go for players who cannot be involved in all the competitions," AVB told reporters after the 0-0 draw against Norwich.
"Again, I’m not stressed on what we can do in this transfer window. If a good opportunity arises we could study it but at the moment we are very satisfied."
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