Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will not let Willian join Barcelona in January

Barca 'Ready To Launch £50 Million Player-Plus Cash Bid' For Willian

The Spanish champions reportedly made an approach for Willian on Thursday, offering Brazilian winger Malcom plus cash for the 30-year-old, who has not been at his best this season.

But reports claim Barcelona have upped their interest in Willian, and are prepared to offer a tasty deal this month.

Malcom has barely played since signing from Bordeaux this summer.

Sarri's wing options have been bolstered by the return to fitness of both Willian and Pedro from muscle injuries, but uncertainty surrounding Callum Hudson-Odoi's future makes Willian's availability all the more important.

The Toffees clearly have a good working relationship with Barca, having brought Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes in from the Nou Camp over the summer and they should take full advantage of that with Malcom.

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Additionally, the fact that the possibility of Callum Hudson-Odoi departing from the Bridge can not be ruled out only adds to Chelsea's hesitancy in letting Willian join Barcelona.

But, Chelsea have swiftly rejected Barcelona's offer for a couple of reasons.

Willian has just 18 months left on his contract and there is a consensus that an exit for the player will not be the worst decision especially if they get anywhere close to the figure quoted in this particular transfer deal. He already has a €38m transfer fee around him and he would have been a suitable replacement for the ageing and under-performing Blues winger.

There were series of drama between the Premier League club, the La Liga side as well as Willian, who was believed to have been planning a move behind the scenes to Spain.

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