Jose Mourinho has reportedly been told that Tottenham must sell one of his existing wingers to open the door for Willian to join this summer.
The 31-year-old Brazilian is likely to be available on a free transfer with Chelsea only prepared to offer him a one-year extension to a contract which expires this summer, according to the Daily Star. He has spent seven years at Stamford Bridge after rejecting Spurs to join the Blues and enjoyed some of his best years there during Mourinho’s return from 2013 to 2015.
Mourinho would like a reunion but Daniel Levy believes that Spurs already has a surplus of options on the flanks, where Steven Bergwijn was signed in January to join the likes of Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela. Ryan Sessegnon and Moussa Sissoko are also capable of playing out wide.
The Daily Star reports that Lamela is the player most likely to be sacrificed to make room for Willian, and that we are hoping to generate around £20m from the Argentine’s sale to put towards Willian’s £120,000-per-week wages.
This makes sense as Lamela is entering the last two years of his contract and is unlikely to get another new deal because of his awful injury record.
Willian would be an upgrade on the 28-year-old, in my opinion, but I also agree with Levy that’d they’d be no need to sign him before selling first.