Willian aims to stay at Chelsea and confirms bid from Barcelona

Tyler Owen
August 7, 2018

After Roma sold Alisson to Liverpool for a world-record fee of £66 million, Chelsea may be tempted to hold out for a similar fee with the transfer deadline approaching.

Chelsea defender David Luiz insists they can handle the absence of AWOL teammate Thibaut Courtois.

Quizzed about the situation at his post-match news conference after Chelsea FC's 2-0 loss to Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday, Sarri said: "I am not interested in the agent".

"They know Chelsea a lot, so they know what they've had here, the fun they've had here". However, another Chelsea player has been identified as one of the potential arrivals at the Spanish capital in the form of Marcos Alonso.

"I want to hear Courtois".

New Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri had declared he would talk to the player first to gauge if he wanted to stay or not, rather than listen to the agent, but the writing is on the wall now surely.

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But their summer has been dominated by the possibility of high-profile outgoings with wide-man Willian another who might have left this summer.

Kepa's future is a situation that could get messy, especially with the English transfer window closing on Thursday, and the stopper will be forced to make a decision with the Basque club expecting him to be present at training on Tuesday morning.

He revealed: "Since the beginning, he told me he loved Chelsea".

"This is not the reality".

With Sarri since being brought in as a replacement for Conte, Willian hopes for a better relationship with the 59-year-old.

Chelsea conclude their pre-season this evening at Stamford Bridge against Lyon (8.05pm) and start their Premier League campaign away at Huddersfield on Saturday (3pm).

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