Willian, Chelsea reportedly reach breakthrough on new deal


Frank Lampard is going to have an embarrassment of riches in attack next season if Monday’s report of a new deal for Willian at Chelsea is true.

The Brazilian playmaker, 31, may stay in London after all and stick with the Blues despite rumored interest from Tottenham, Arsenal, Barcelona, and MLS side Inter Miami.

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Sky Sports reports that Chelsea and Willian have found a breakthrough in negotiations, a previous holdup being Chelsea’s hopes for a two-year deal and the player’s desire for three.

Willian led Chelsea in assists with seven in the Premier League campaign and his nine goals were second to Tammy Abraham. At times he was the driving force of their attack and he looked nothing like a man on the back end of his career.

He’ll join Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, and Callum Hudson-Odoi as wingers for Lampard to choose, and Timo Werner also liked to drift out wide as well (though it still seems likely the Blues will use him in a role much closer to center forward).

So should Chelsea want him to stay? With Pedro leaving, he’ll provide valuable veteran leadership to the wingers along with Olivier Giroud. And he can obviously still play. The Blues will be in four competitions again, so depth will be key.

And with Hudson-Odoi still very green and Ziyech no certainty to adapt immediately, it could be a Pulisic-Werner-Willian front line often for Lampard.