It is common knowledge that Real Madrid have money in the bank after the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus a couple of weeks ago and it is common knowledge that Los Blancos have submitted a £100 million bid for Chelsea duo Thibaut Courtois and Willian.
However, it has emerged that talks between Real and Chelsea shot-stopper Courtois have come to a standstill even though the Real Hierarchy insist they still want Courtois at the club.
That has not stopped the interest in Willian and the rumour mill has gone into overdrive after the Times reported that Willian failed to turn up for pre-season training after being given an extended break after the 29-year-olds exploits for Brazil at the World Cup.
The Times report that Willian has claimed he s having passport issued but whether this is true or not, only time will tell.
It is possible Willian is attempting to engineer a move away from his club, after all, it would not be the first time a player has tried to push through a move (Remember Dimitri Payet at West Ham) and after six seasons at the club, two league titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup, it seems Willian wants the switch to Madrid.
At 29, the move would likely be Willian’s last big move to a European major player and it would be hard for anyone to turn down 33 times La Liga winners. Whilst the winger is approaching his 30’s, his proven ability means he can still command a decent wedge in terms of his wage bill, and Good sign up offers or ‘signing on fees’ as they are more commonly known would be imperative to get him on board.
The transfer would likely suit Chelsea as well who appear close in their pursuit of Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic and there is a sense of not if, but when Willian will join the Vikings passport issue or not.
Over at Real’s great rivals Barcelona, it appears the club are prepared for an approach from Manchester United for defender Yerry Mina.
Barce would be happy to sell but rate the 23-year-old at 45 million Euros despite only having played six games for Barcelona all last season.
Watch this space.