Chelsea interest in Shakhtar midfielder Willian confirmed

Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk have revealed that Chelsea have made an approach for their Brazilian midfielder Willian, but will have to pay £28m to sign him, The Daily Mail reports. Willian has been in fine form for Shakhtar and has attracted a host of suitors across Europe including the Blues.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is looking to bring exciting young talent to Stamford Bridge and has identified Willian as the next playmaker at Stamford Bridge. With Frank Lampard’s future still unclear, the Brazilian’s tendency to make runs from midfield are trademark of the way Lampard plays and could be seen as a replacement. Chelsea have stated their intentions to buy the midfielder, according to Shakhtar CEO Sergei Palkin, but the Ukrainian side are not keen to sell.

Palkin said: ‘We have no burning desire to sell the player, but in football some things are impossible to avoid. If it weren’t for our good relationship with Chelsea – and Willian does not hide his intention to test himself in one of the best clubs in the English Premier League – we would insist on the £29m release clause written into the player’s contract. It is important to understand that we are talking about Chelsea’s desire to buy Willian, but not Shakhtar’s desire to sell him.’

The Blues have also identified Serbian midfielder Milos Krasic as a potential loan signing until the end of the season, but will have to move quickly. Liverpool are interested in the Juventus midfielder and could beat Chelsea to the signing after the Blues’ hesistation to move sooner. Krasic is desperate to leave Turin after falling out with boss Antonio Conte and could see the Premier League as a favourable exit destination.

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