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Chelsea chief Roman Abramovich identifies ‘statement signing’ to replace Willian

Chelsea chiefs will pursue Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho this summer if Willian leaves.

Willian is involved in a contract standoff with the Blues with his current deal expiring at the end of the season.

Chelsea insist they have offered him a new deal but Willian is thought to be holding out for a two-year extension.

And as things stand the 31-year-old Brazilian is heading for an exit come the end of the campaign.

However, transfer expert Duncan Castles, believes the likes of owner Abramovich and director Marina Granovskaia have Sancho in their sights.

“Their priority is on the wing, where they envisage losing Willian at the latest in the summer because they have offered Willian a new contract but only a one-year contract because of his age,” Castles said on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window Podcast .

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“Willian is understandably arguing that he is better than a one year-contract, a top performer in the Premier League, and there are plenty of other clubs who would like to give me a longer term deal so I’m not going to sign that and Chelsea are preparing for his exit.

“I’m told they are focusing on wingers at present.

“One of those strong options for them is Jadon Sancho.

“My understanding is the club, i.e. Roman Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia, are very keen on taking Sancho.

“They’re keen on making a statement signing now that they are able to work in the transfer market again and have a lot of resource to spend in this window.

Chelsea are preparing for Willian’s exit at the end of the season

“They see taking a young England international, who has very high status in England because of what he’s achieved at Borussia Dortmund and in the national team, as a good way to go forward.”

Sancho has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months having clashed with his manager Lucien Favre.

Manchester United and Liverpool have also tracked the England international…

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