Chelsea’s interest in Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian winger Willian is reported to have been resurrected after talks concerning Porto’s Hulk have stalled.
Chelsea had a £16.7m bid for Willian rejected during the January transfer window and the deal stalled as they were not willing to meet Shakhtar’s £21m asking price, but now it seems Roman Abramovich is ready to cough up the cash.
Hulks move to Chelsea has hit a brick wall as Chelsea value him at around £30m but Porto are holding out for something nearer £40m so Chelsea will turn to Willian as he fulfills the same role on Chelsea’s right hand side of their attack.
Willian helped Shakhtar win the ‘Double’ in Ukraine last season and sources in Brazil suggest the two clubs are close to agreeing a fee.
The 23-year-old winger is a typical Brazilian player, full of flair and great technical ability. He would add a cutting edge to Chelsea’s attack with his flair, dribbling and goals but the question is, is he a better option than Hulk?
Now, I know how much most Chelsea fans want desperately to see Hulk arrive at the Bridge and see him as crucial to our title hopes next season.
I personally don’t see where this unbelievable praise for the Brazilian comes from. He has never set the Champions League alight, I’ve watched him a few times for Brazil and have been relatively impressed without thinking ‘oh my god what a player’ and he has only really proven himself in Portugal.
I think Hulk is a good player and I wouldn’t be upset to see him at the Bridge and he would no doubt make us a better team, BUT, I don’t believe he is worth £40m!
He is not irreplaceable if the deal did not go through. Willian could quite easily develop into a player in Hulks league and offer as much to the team. However, there is one obvious advantage Hulk has over Willian and that is the fact he can play as a striker.
With Sturridge’s future up in the air and Lukaku’s obvious benefit from a loan spell this season that leaves us with only Fernando Torres as a striker. Every top team needs more than one quality forward and Willian does not offer that meaning signing Willian for £21m would leave us needing to sign a striker for around £20m also meaning we have spent £40m anyway.
However, to have 2 players has it advantages as if Hulk is used as a winger but also a reserve striker what happens if he is injured, we would need to play another winger and be left without a substitute striker.
Personally, I would sooner sign Willian as a winger and a striker for approx. £20m in order to overcome the liklihood of this problem.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!