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Barcelona turn their attentions to Willian as they struggle to secure deals for Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele

Chelsea man emerges as shock new target, according to reports in France, with Catalans enduring dismal summer window

Willian is the shock new name on the list of Barcelona targets to replace Neymar, according to reports in France.

The Catalans are enduring a torrid summer on the transfer front — struggling to secure deals for Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.


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Barcelona highlight Willian as potential replacement for Neymar in attack

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Barcelona highlight Willian as potential replacement for Neymar in attack

Barcelona are struggling to secure a deal to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool

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Barcelona are struggling to secure a deal to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool

And France Football report they have made the Chelsea ace their reserve choice, should they fail to land their top two targets.

Willian, 29, was linked with a move to Manchester United earlier in the summer — and admitted he was close to a reunion with his former boss Jose Mourinho.

He said: “I worked with [Jose] Mourinho and I became his friend as well.

“There were a few conversations with my agent.

“Manchester United came to me, they talked with my agent, but nothing happened, because Chelsea would not negotiate me in any way and I’m very happy at Chelsea.”

The Brazilian has enjoyed an impressive four years at Stamford Bridge, winning two league titles and being the stand-out performer in the dismal 2015-16 campaign.

Willian in action for Chelsea during Premier League clash with Tottenham

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Willian in action for Chelsea during Premier League clash with Tottenham

He was signed by Mourinho in 2013 from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Barcelona are desperate for a third top level forward to line up alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

They have turned their attentions to Angel Di Maria, but Willian is now another option.

Barcelona are looking for third top level striker to play with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez

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Barcelona are looking for third top level striker to play with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez

Barcelona are closing in on a deal to sign Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain

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Barcelona are closing in on a deal to sign Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain

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