Antonio Conte will stop Willian from joining Manchester United

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Manchester United face their first disappointment in the transfer market under Jose Mourinho with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte set to veto the £60million sale of Willian.

Reports earlier this week claimed Willian was one player Mourinho was determined to bring with him to Old Trafford while the Brazilian himself would be keen on a reunion.

The £60m transfer bid would hand Chelsea the chance to make a significant profit on their original outlay having paid Anzhi Makhachkala £30m to sign him in 2013.


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However, according to the Daily Mail, despite the obvious temptation to bank the money and reinvest, Conte is set to tell Chelsea officials not to accept the bid as the winger will be a key part of his long-term plans.

Conte will take charge of Chelsea once Italy's Euro 2016 campaign comes to an end and it is likely the squad will undergo some drastic changes ahead of the new Premier League season.

Brazilian exodus

While Willian is certain to have a place in the squad, the same cannot be said for his compatriot Oscar. The playmaker forms part of a Brazilian clique that has formed in west London, which Conte is keen to irradicate.

As a result, Oscar will be put up for sale with Conte's former club Juventus likely to be at the front of the queue. To replace him, Juan Cuadrado, who has been on loan in Turin this season, will be handed another chance to impress at Chelsea.

It is almost certain that Alexandre Pato will join Oscar through the Stamford Bridge exit door after his six-month loan spell came to nothing. Chelsea spent most of January chasing that deal but he went onto the make just two appearances in a blue shirt.

Diego Costa also forms part of the Brazilian social group in west London and he too has been tipped to leave this summer. Conte is keen to keep the striker, who joined from Atletico Madrid in a £32m deal in 2014, but he has failed to settle in England and wants a return to Spain's sunnier climes.

Bad news for Mata

Mourinho's determination to sign a world-class right-winger is only bad news for Juan Mata, who has occupied that position for Manchester United for much of the last campaign.

The Spanish playmaker originally joined the Red Devils in 2014 after falling out of favour at Mourinho's Chelsea and it is believed his opinion has not changed.

Mata could well be the first major casualty of Mourinho's regime but Manchester United would have take a significant hit on the £37m they originally paid for him.

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