Chelsea boss reacts to Barca's alleged crazy offer for Willian
- According to the reports in the highly reputable British news outlets, the Blues have rejected Barca's huge offer for their winger.
- The Catalans reportedly wanted to swap Willian for his fellow countryman Malcom.
- Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri, meanwhile, admits he has had 'no idea' about the potential transfer.
Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri finally breaks silence on the rumours about Barcelona's interest in Willian as the boss faces the press ahead of the Premier League clash against Newcastle. The Catalan giants reportedly want to land the 30-year-old winger as the Blaugrana are ready to offer cash and Malcom as part of the deal.
However, seems like The Blues are reluctant to let the Brazilian off: according to The Telegraph, Chelsea have rejected Barca's bid after having turned down the Catalans' €60 million offer as well.
The real question is why isn’t Willian pushing for a move to Barça? Fans literally despite him online, he’s not playing well and Chelsea aren’t winning the league this season.— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) January 11, 2019
Chelsea coach Sarri states he doesn't know anything about the La Liga side's reported approach: "I didn't receive anything yesterday. You have to ask the club, I have no idea. You have to ask the club about the market, if you ask me about the market, you put me in trouble."
The Italian insists there is no chance of the winger joining Barca but admits the player can improve: "Willian is really very important for us but I think he can do better. His potential is higher." He says it is "impossible to lose him in January."
Elaborating on the Brazilian's weaknesses, the boss says: "Usually he wants the ball always at his feet, he can improve his movement off the ball and he has the potential to improve more."
Willian turns 31 in August. He joined The Blues from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013. This season the player has featured in 31 games, scored four goals and registered five assists.
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