The Brazilian joined Chelsea in 2013 from Anzhi and this season, the 31-year-old has already made 27 appearances for the Blues – scoring four goals in the process.
And as we all know, Chelsea rarely give long-term deals to players who are over 30 years old but it seems like they are willing to bypass this rule as reports claim Willian has been offered a two-year contract at the club.
Willian is out of contract at the end of the season and a two-year deal would be a huge boost for the player’s confidence right now. But it looks like the player wants more than that.
As per the report, Willian is demanding a three-year deal and to make matters worse he has no plans to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the summer transfer window.
And this is where Spurs are looking to jump in as they are willing to offer the winger a three-year contract at the club.
Spurs are badly in need of reinforcements during for the upcoming season and it seems like Jose Mourinho wants to bring in players who he has observed from close quarters.
It’s still unclear whether Willian would want to make the switch across London and join one of the Chelsea’s biggest rivals but as things stand the player seems to be looking to find a way out of the Bridge at the end of the season.
UPDATE(10th March 2020):
As per the latest report in the Telegraph, it looks like Arsenal too have joined the race to sign Willian during the summer transfer window.
The Gunners are looking for an overhaul during the summer and it seems like Mikel Arteta seems to have lost faith in Nicolas Pepe.
Pepe was the marquee signing for Arsenal before the start of the season but the Ivorian international seems to have fallen flat on his face.
As of now, the winger is even failing to keep his place in the starting XI and it looks like Arteta wants to add some experience to his forward line.
It’s still unclear as to whether Willian would want to leave Chelsea for a direct rival more so since Bayern Munich are also reportedly keeping tabs on the player.
While moving Bayern will most certainly be a step up for the Brazilian but there’s a big chance that the German giants will not be willing to meet his demands of a three-year deal in which case the winger might have to try his luck at either Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur.
UPDATE: Jose Mourinho to convince Willian?
According to former Premier League defender Alex Bruce, Jose Mourinho could be a key factor in helping Willian move out of Chelsea in the summer and join London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Bruce told Football Insider: “He’s been around the Premier League for a number of years, has always been a very, very good player in the Premier League.
“They’re the kind of players Mourinho would want, where you know what you’re going to get out of them. He’s a really, really good team player. He’s got that knack of scoring goals, creating goals and working hard for the team, which is a manager’s dream.
“It wouldn’t surprise me, having worked with Mourinho, if he ends up at Spurs.”
Willian has played over 100 games under Mourinho when the Portuguese was the boss at Chelsea and surely the new Spurs manager will try his level best to sign the winger in the summer.
While Willian recently made it clear that he will play Chelsea’s remaining games even if he is out of contract in June but there’s very little chance that he will be signing a new contract after that.