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Juventus and Barcelona eye move for Chelsea winger

Juventus and Barcelona are reportedly monitoring Chelsea’s Willian as the Brazilian enters the final months of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Willian is out of contract at the end of the season and will be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign sides in January, having failed to agree terms on an extension to his current deal at the Premier League side.

According to the Mirror, the 31-year-old’s availability on a free transfer is set to have alerted some of Europe’s leading clubs, with Juventus and Barcelona having both held a long-standing interest in signing the former Shakhtar Donetsk star.

Willian appeared likely to be deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea this season following the emergence of several young stars, though the winger has shone in recent weeks and providing an experienced figure for the club’s developing side.

Such has been his impact, Willian captained the side in Cesar Azpilicueta’s absence during the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend, with manager Frank Lampard now keen to secure a new contract for the player and keep him at the club.

Willian joined Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 and has played a key role in two title-winning teams, as well as winning the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League with the club.

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