Maurizio Sarri

If reports from The Express are to be believed, Juventus are set to launch a bid for Chelsea ace Willian. Bianconeri boss Maurizio Sarri sees Willian as a player who could improve his team.

The Brazilian has currently entered the final six months of his contract a the Stamford Bridge. The Blues risk the possibility of losing out on their star attacker for free if his future remains unresolved until May. The 31-year-old will also be free to talk to clubs in the January transfer window, alongside fellow teammates Pedro and Olivier Giroud.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is said to be keen on keeping hold of Willian, given his improved performances for the club this season. The playmaker has missed only one Premier League game this season, stamping his importance across Lampard’s squad.

Willian, too, is said to be interested in staying put at the Stamford Bridge rather than join former boss Sarri in Italy. 

Chelsea has been given the green light to buy players in January after the Court of Arbitration uplifted their two-window transfer ban. It is highly unlikely that the Blues will let go of the Brazilian without bringing in a suitable replacement, especially at a time when Olivier Giroud is also set to embrace the exit door.

Juventus are also interested in snapping up Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri, but they are prepared to wait until the summer to try and poach him. Elsewhere, Marcos Alonso is also attracting interest from Inter Milan, with Antonio Conte keen on linking up with his former player.

Lampard will reportedly be given £150m to spend in January, and the Englishman has already earmarked Jadon Sancho as his primary target. However, Chelsea has already let Borussia Dortmund known that they won’t be matching the £100m asking price for the former Manchester City star.

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