Barcelona targeting £50m-rated Chelsea first-team star

Barcelona are set to revive their interest in Chelsea attacker Willian as he enters the final 12 months of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

The Catalan giants failed with a £55 million bid for the Brazil international last summer and had another offer turned down in January when they offered Malcom in exchange.

Chelsea’s policy of not offering more than one year to footballers over the age of 30 has angered the likes of David Luiz and Willian, but the club’s considering softening that rule as the Blues have been handed a two-window transfer ban by FIFA.

Chelsea are desperately trying to hold onto both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Eden Hazard, but Willian could be their next problem as the Telegraph reports Barcelona are eyeing a move.

The Spanish giants understand they can snatch him for a cut-price given his current situation and Chelsea are only likely to receive around half of the £55 million they rejected last summer.

The Premier League giants, therefore, could be faced with the dilemma of accepting the offer or allowing Willian to run down his deal in west London before leaving on a free.

Christian Pulisic is set to arrive this summer from Dortmund Borussia after the Londoners agreed a £57 million deal for the United States international in January.

However, his arrival was meant to offset the potential departure of 28-year-old superstar, and the club had not considered Callum Hudson-Odoi or Willian as realistic departures until the European giants expressed interest.