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Man Utd linked with a move for free-agent Willian

Manchester United are being linked with a move for Chelsea free agent Willian.

The Brazilian international’s seven-season spell at Stamford Bridge is set to come to an end this summer at the expiry of his contract, with the winger having failed to agree terms over an extension at the west London side and facing increased competition from the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech.

Arsenal and Tottenham have been strongly linked with a move to sign the 31-year-old this summer, though France Football are reporting that Manchester United are also considering offering a contract to the experienced star, and have already made contact.

The move would appear unlikely given the player’s age and his demand for a three-year deal, with much of the transfer talk surrounding the Red Devils centred around big-money pursuits of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.

Willian has also expressed his happiness with life in the capital and is keen to remain living in London, so it would perhaps surprise to see the player relocate to the North West.

United, however, could see the Brazilian as a short-term and cost-efficient way of strengthening should their pursuits of Sancho and Grealish fail to come to fruition, the club having previously registered an interest in Willian during Jose Mourinho’s spell as manager at Old Trafford.

Willian and Mourinho have maintained a good relationship since their time working together at Stamford Bridge, with the Portuguese now back in London in his role as Spurs boss.

Read – Lampard’s clear out: Five high-profile players that could leave Chelsea this summer

See also – A question for each ‘top six’ manager ahead of the Premier League restart

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