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Barcelona plotting late £20m move for Chelsea winger Willian

Barcelona are reportedly plotting a late £20m move to sign Chelsea’s Willian as the club seek attacking reinforcements ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline.

The Spanish side are long-term admirers of the Chelsea winger and saw several approaches to sign the player rejected in the 2018 summer window, with the club now set to reignite their interest in the 31-year-old who is out-of-contract and available on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Several clubs from across Europe are believed to be monitoring Willian ahead of a potential Bosman signing, though Barcelona are now keen to steal a march on the competition and attempt to secure a deal ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline.

According to Sky Sports, talks over a new deal at Stamford Bridge have shown no signs of progress in recent months, despite the Brazilian international having forced his way into Frank Lampard’s plans this season.

Barcelona are keen for additions in attacking areas after seeing Luis Suarez ruled out for the majority of the remainder of the season with a knee injury, the La Liga champions identifying Willian and Everton’s Richarlison as two potential targets late in the window, seeing an £85m bid for the latter rejected by the Merseyside club.

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