One of the more popular names that Chelsea has been linked to in the January transfer window is Shakhtar Donetsk's Willian, because at this point we link Chelsea to any big-name target that may or may not be available on transfer.
I'm looking at you, Radamel Falcao.
But Willian actually looks like a realistic signing for the Blues this January, or at least he would if Shakhtar wasn't slapping such a hefty price tag on the Brazilian talent. As it were, Willian is more a luxury than a need for the Blues, especially given his team's asking price.
Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk will consider selling Brazilian playmaker Willian to Chelsea or Tottenham this month but they will be demanding about £20 million.
Willian is the star of the Shakhtar side, who qualified for the knock-out phase of the Champions League at the expense of Chelsea, but he remains keen on a move to the Premier League, and Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu has expressed his displeasure with him for failing to return from Brazil on time for the club's winter training camp.
Shakhtar has no need to sell due to their financial backing, but the £12.4m signing of Taison, a similar type of player, from Metalist Kharkhiv last week gave a clue about their thinking.
Willian is at his best in an attacking midfielder or winger role. But does Chelsea really need more players at those positions, with Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Victor Moses, Marko Marin and Ramires all capable of playing those roles?
Frankly, I would think the team would be more interested in adding a box-to-box midfielder with that sort of money. If you're going to splash out that type of cash, why not go after Everton's Marouane Fellaini?
Or why not save up until the offseason to make the inevitable push to land Falcao?
I like Willian, don't get me wrong. He dazzles with his creative flair, and it's a pleasure to watch the ball seemingly stick to his feet as he dribbles by defenders. Adding him to Chelsea and pairing him with Hazard and Mata would result in some truly beautiful football.
Then again, would the three of them actually mesh, or would they all drift into the center and leave Chelsea with little width? After all, when Chelsea wants to play that brand of football, they already have Lucas to play alongside Mata and Hazard, and I think Lucas is the better player.
No, I just think Willian is a luxury Chelsea doesn't need. If the Blues want to add a more traditional winger, I understand that, but Willian's skill set is not what this team would be best served adding in January.
Just because he's a popular name in transfer rumors doesn't mean you have to buy, Chelsea. Skip this one.
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