As the Evening Standard reports, the British tabloid has claimed that Premier League giants Chelsea are asking for a fee in the region of £70m for winger Willian.
Although, the the British tabloid reports details about delay surrounding the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as Antonio Conte’s replacement this summer, but there was another section that says “Chelsea are prepared to offload Willian if his suitors meets their £70million asking price.”
£70million is an hefty figure, but judging on Willian performances for Chelsea and little showing for Brazil at the World Cup, it’s also understandable why Chelsea are placing such an hefty figure on his transfer. The Brazilian is a technically good play with brilliant great work ethic.
From a Chelsea fan point of view, it’s no going to be a good news seeing their sanctioning the transfer of Willian, but on the other hand, the incoming new boss will want to bring in new players that fit in his system, and whoever might end up taking over the reins from Conte this summer may see it as a good deal if the Manchester United and Barca target doesn’t fit with the system he envisages for the team.
In light of this, Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato, claims Chelsea are showing “keen interest” in Napoli’s and Belgium international Dries Mertens.
The report add, however, that AS Roma are also showing interest in the Belgian winger but will only make a move for him once they sell Alisson.
Chelsea are thought to have agreed a deal to sign the goalkeeper from Roma’s books ahead of Real Madrid, with a decision expected to be announce this coming weeks.
Mertens, however, is predominantly a centre-forward who is quick and a decent finisher, but also capable of playing on both wings and as a second-striker in 4-4-2 system or the likes.
Mertens has a €28m release clause in his Napoli contract, which can only be activated by teams outside of Italy, given Chelsea an edge over Roma.
The winger is said to have a reported €28m release clause in his current contract with Napoli, which can only be activated by any team outside of Italy, given the Blues ahead of rival AS Roma. He’s rated at €30m according to Transfermkt.
He’s currently with Belgium in Russia playing his part for the Red Devils in the World Cup tournament, meaning the Blues may have to wait until how far Belgium goes in the tournament. Mertens netted 22 goals last season, following his 34 in all competitions in the 2016/17 campaign.