Report: Barcelona Bid £60M for Willian After Chelsea Rejected £50M Offer

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2018

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Willian of Chelsea is seen during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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After having a £50 million bid for Willian rejected, Barcelona have reportedly returned to Chelsea with another offer worth £10 million more.

According to MailOnline's Simon Jones, the Blaugrana have offered an initial £55 million along with a further £5 million in add-ons.

Barca are said to be keen to improve their attacking options because they believe "their squad still lacks greater quality in depth and attacking flair".

The Catalan giants won La Liga and the Copa del Rey last year, but they missed out on Antoine Griezmann this summer when he opted to stay with Atletico Madrid.

A fine campaign with the Blues saw Willian return 13 goals and 12 assists in all competitions.

Squawka Football provided the numbers behind the kind of impressive performance he produced during the season:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Willian's game by numbers vs. Crystal Palace: 78 touches 44 (83%) passes completed 8 take-ons completed 6 shots 4 shots on target 2 chances created 1 goal Another fine performance. https://t.co/09hT989rgm

At the FIFA World Cup, he was deployed on Brazil's right flank, but with Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Marcelo on the left, he had a fairly quiet tournament for much of the Selecao's time in Russia.

He did impress in their 2-0 win over Mexico, however, and played a key role in a superb team goal:

ITV Football @itvfootball

GOAL! A one-two made in Brazil. Neymar backheels to Willian who drives into the box before laying it on a plate for Neymar at the back post from close range https://t.co/joILjQClU3

Goal's Nizaar Kinsella remarked on one of Willian's other contributions in that match:

Nizaar Kinsella @NizaarKinsella

Wow, Willian regains possession in the right back area then carries it 50 yards. Herrera has to pull him back as he starts a counter-attack. Confidence is a powerful thing. #CFC #BRA #MEX #WorldCup

The winger is a strong, hardworking and reliable player, and he would probably be a good fit under Ernesto Valverde at the Camp Nou, where function and flair can now be found in equal measure.

The Brazilian will be 30 by the time the new season starts, though, and £60 million is an enormous figure to pay for him, even in today's market.

If Chelsea still hold out for a higher fee, Barca should consider a cheaper option who could yield a similar return.