Manchester United hope to complete the signing of Willian from Chelsea now that Brazil are out of the World Cup, according to reports.
Willian has been linked with a transfer to Old Trafford for several months, but his focus was solely on Brazil’s World Cup campaign since the end of the club season.
Brazil’s exit from the tournament after a 2-1 defeat to Belgium in the quarter-finals means Willian can now turn his attentions to his club future.
The Mirror claim United believe they have won the race for Willian’s signature and the deal can now be finalised. United were waiting for Willian’s duties with Brazil to run their course, and is now confident they can quickly complete the signing.
Willian would leave Chelsea amidst managerial chaos at the club as Antonio Conte returned to Cobham for day one of pre-season.
Conte was expected to have been given the boot by now to allow former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri to take over, but there has yet to be any confirmation of who will be in charge next season.
Chelsea want to axe Conte, but are reluctant to fork out his £9million compensation fee, as well as pay Napoli the figure they are demanding for Sarri.
Conte is prepared to kick off Chelsea’s pre-season on Monday after medical checks on Saturday, but it remains to be seen if the Premier League and FA Cup winner will indeed still be in charge by then.
Willian’s departure would surely annoy Chelsea fans, as the Brazilian is one of the most liked performers in the squad.
Joining United would allow Willian to reunite with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who believes the attacker can add the width and pace his side need on the right side of midfield. Willian will not come cheap as Chelsea have the 29-year-old under contract until 2020.