Chelsea have remarkably opted to turn down Barcelona’s stunning £50 million player-plus-cash offer for Willian.
The Catalan giants had made contact with Chelsea over a swap deal involving Malcom, who they signed for £38 million from Bordeaux last summer after failing to land Willian.
Even though the Chelsea ace has just turned 30 and only has 18 months left on his deal, The Telegraph reports that the Blues have rebuffed Barcelona’s offer and do not want to cash in.
Chelsea told the Spanish champions representatives that they value Willian much higher than the proposal put forward to them, with the La Liga leaders seemingly still valuing Malcom at the £38 million they paid. That means Chelsea were effectively offered £12m plus Malcom in exchange for Willian.
Willian is considered a key player by Maurizio Sarri, and he is reluctant to lose any more senior players. The club will lose Cesc Fabregas, while Alvaro Morata is itching to leave Premier League, and Chelsea want to bolster in January – not let first-team regulars go.
Barcelona are actively looking to sell Malcom after the 21-year-old struggled to adapt to life in Spain.
However, Chelsea made it clear they were not interested in the out-of-favour winger and are happy with their existing options, especially with Christian Pulisic arriving next summer.