Chelsea expected to complete Willian signing


Chelsea will reportedly complete the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Willian during the summer transfer window.

The Blues were tracking the Brazil international during January, and were even credited with a formal offer for his signature.

However, Shakhtar rebuffed this bid and Chelsea opted to bide their time rather than pursue alternative targets before the transfer deadline last week.

According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea plan to return for the 23-year-old at the end of the season, although a wary of Shakhtar's exorbitant asking price.

The Ukraine outfit are reported to have been requesting £29 million for Willian last month, while Chelsea failed were prepared to go no higher than their initial offer of £16.7 million.

Brazilian club Santos have also shown an interest in Willian, although are not prepared to enter into a bidding war with Chelsea.

And, according to the club's president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro, Chelsea have already won the race for his signature.

"We gave up because of a proposal that they [Shakhtar] received from Chelsea. It was an offer of tens of millions of euros," he said, according to the Evening Standard.

"It seems that he will go there in the middle of the year."

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