JOSE MOURINHO is lining up a £60million bid for Chelsea star Willian once he’s officially announced as Manchester United’s new manager, according to a number of sources.
The Sun say Mourinho is prepared to double the £30m fee the Blues paid Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala to secure the midfielder’s services back in 2013.
And the bad news for Chelsea fans is that one of their few shining lights in a dreadful season appears to be keen on being reunited with his former boss.
When recently asked about his relationship with Mourinho, Willian – who is currently with Brazil preparing for the Copa America – certainly didn’t say anything to play down the speculation.
He said: “Jose is one of the most successful coaches in the world and Manchester United will be stronger with him as manager.
“I played some of my best football under Mourinho. He is a special coach and I have a great relationship with him.
“Winning the Premier League with him was one of the highlights of my career. I was sad things didn’t work out after that.”
Brazil international Willian would be a prize recruit for United, absolutely top drawer.
Not only is he highly-talented, but his work-rate is phenomenal, he’s proven he’s tailor-made for the Premier League and he’s shown over the pastcampaign that when it comes to scoring from free-kicks, there are few better.
Willian still has two years remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea would be desperate to keep hold of the man who took out both the fans’ Player of the Year and players’ Player of the Year for last season.
However, they know that if they let his contract run down and he doesn’t sign a new one, they’ll struggle to get anywhere near £60m for him in a couple of years time.