Chelsea News: Willian to be sold to fund Lucas Moura transfer | Football | Sport

Chelsea midfielder Willian has found life difficult at Stamford Bridge since Antonio Conte took charge of the club last summer.

The Brazil international has mainly been used as a substitute this term and could reportedly be shown the exit door in January.

French outlet Le 10 Sport claim the 29-year-old will be sold in the New Year to fund a deal for Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura.

And it is claimed the Blues are hoping to recoup around £27million for the former Shakhtar Donetsk man.

Le 10 Sport say Willian could be offloaded to China, where a number of Brazilians are currently plying their trade.

And the deal could be similar to Oscar’s, who left Chelsea for a bumper fee last January to join Super League side Shanghai SIPG.

It is said Willian’s transfer fee will swiftly be reinvested, allowing Conte to bring in Lucas from PSG with little impact on the club’s finances.

The report says the Ligue 1 giants are keen to offload the Brazil international, meaning he could be available on a cut-price deal.

Lucas has been a peripheral figure at the Parc des Princes in recent seasons but has been bumped further down the pecking order following the club’s summer spending spree.

The arrival of Neymar from Barcelona and Kylian Mbappe on loan from Monaco has resulted in the 25-year-old making just five appearances all season.

He is yet to start a single game and with just one-and-a-half years left on his contract is keen to move on.

Speaking last month about Lucas’ situation, former PSG and Chelsea defender Alex advised him to jump ship, suggesting Arsenal as a possible destination.

“If I was in his place, I would have already left to make an impact elsewhere,” he told French newspaper L’Equipe.

“Even if England does not seem favourable, I would like to see him at Arsenal. They play cleaner football, more technical.”

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