ESPN: Chelsea reluctant to let Willian off as Maurizio Sarri considers him key first-team player
According to ESPN, a very reliable outlet Chelsea are very reluctant to part ways with Willian. According to the source, The Blues believe letting the Brazilian off would negatively affect the club's chances to finish in the top four. Moreover, they report 'it would take a significant cash bid' to convince Chelsea in the necessity to sell their winger.
Barcelona have initially offered Chelsea £50m + their winger Malcom, who moved to Camp Nou last summer but failed to secure a place in Ernesto Valverde's starting XI. However, seems like The Blues are waiting for the La Liga side, who have been trying to land Willian since last summer, to increase their bid.
Ahead of the upcoming clash with Newcastle, Maurizio Sarri said when asked about the rumours surrounding Willian's departure: "Willian is really very important for us but I think he can do better. His potential is higher. It's impossible to lose him in January."
Willian's market value development as per Transfermarkt
This season the Brazilian has featured in 31 games. He averages a rating of 7.14 as per WhoScored. Speaking of the key passes per game, the 30-year-old footballer registers 2.7 every Premier League match. However, his scoresheet is quite modest: since August Willian has netted only three goals in 20 appearances.