KEY POINTS

  • Chelsea needs to decide on Willian's fate
  • Willian has three weeks left in his contract extension
  • Willian could get a three-year deal but with a lower salary

Willian Borges da Silva's time at Stamford Bridge is winding down, and the Brazilian seems to be showing Chelsea the kind of player they may be losing soon. Frank Lampard has been making the most out of Willian's extended stay, starting him in all of the Blues' five matches since the resumption of football action.

Through those games, Willian has not disappointed. He has accounted for four goals and an assist, raising his total production for the season to 11. Only Tammy Abraham is ahead of him, while Cesar Azpilicueta and Mason Mount are the only ones who have started more games than him.

Hence, there is no question that Willian is a valuable part of the Blues. But the problem now is the same question that has been swirling even before the COVID-19 pandemic. He told Esporte Interativo in February that he wants a three-year deal, but the Blues are only willing to hand him a two-year pact.

The extension of his contract, which was set to expire on June 30, to the end of July is only a lifeline, and that deal will run out in three weeks, according to Chelseafc.com. Hence, the coming weeks will once again focus on the 31-year-old player and the Blues.

There is no telling which side will soften up. If Willian stands firm on his three-year deal, Chelsea will need to decide. If they are unwilling, teams are willing to take the Brazilian in.

Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United are ready to make an offer. However, no details have been revealed on whether these clubs would offer him his desired three-year pact.

In addition, the amount of pay he could get is also a mystery. Factoring in the financial problems most clubs are facing, Willian could be offered a three-year deal, but the amount of pay may not be as high.

Chelsea will not be short on firepower come next season. Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech are imminently coming onboard. The chances of the Blues on Kai Havertz are also looking good.

With so much talent, some question the logic of still keeping Willian. The answer to that is something only Lampard knows, according to Skysports. But based on how he is being utilized as of late, there could be a chance that the Blues may (possibly) give in and consider adding another 12 months. But as far as the wage-price, the changes could be made there.

Willian opened the scoring in Chelsea's 2-0 win FA Cup win over Liverpool Willian opened the scoring in Chelsea's 2-0 win FA Cup win over Liverpool Photo: AFP / Glyn KIRK