As we all know, Manchester United signed Nemanja Matic from Chelsea this season. However, the latest whispers reckon that the Red Devils attempted to try and sign a second Chelsea player. It comes directly from the horse’s mouth, too. The man in question, Willian.
He told Goal UK that the Old Trafford club held talks with his representatives about the possibility of a move this summer, but as you’d imagine, Chelsea refused to enter negotiations over this signature.
Willian, 29, was signed by Jose Mourinho during his tenure at Stamford Bridge, and in the self-proclaimed Special One’s final season, the right-winger won their Player of the Year award.
The Chelsea man admitted that there were conversations with his agent, before discussing what a great relationship the pair had.
There were a few conversations with my agent. I worked with Mourinho and I became his friend as well,” he told Goal UK.
“He likes me a lot and I like him a lot as a coach and as a person. He has put his trust in me and in my work, and I was very grateful to him.
“Manchester came to me, they talked with my agent, but nothing happened, because Chelsea would not negotiate me in any way and I’m very happy at Chelsea.”
I’m a huge fan of Willian’s and I think he’s a supremely underrated footballer. This is a man who has proven himself in the Premier League, and he suits Mourinho’s style of play down to a tee.
As soon as we secured the Matic deal though, there was absolutely no way that Antonio Conte was going to sanction another sale to a direct rival. It just wouldn’t have been good business sense from the London club, who are struggling in the transfer market right now.
At 29, you feel that this was probably the last opportunity the Red Devils would have had at signing Willian, but the right-wing is an area where United do have plenty of options – including Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.