Chelsea ‘reject £35m bids for Willian from Barcelona and Atletico’

Chelsea have turned down attempts by Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to sign Willian – despite the possibility of losing him for free next summer.

The two La Liga clubs are understood to have offered around £35m for the Brazil international.

However, Chelsea view Willian as an integral player next season in light of Eden Hazard’s departure to Real Madrid and the first period of a two-window transfer ban imposed by FIFA.

It’s been reported that Chelsea may be able to avoid losing the 30-year old for free next July, if they can reach an agreement over a new two-year deal at Stamford Bridge.