Chelsea may be losing another one of their top men to the big money paradise that is the Chinese Superleague.
Guangzhou Evergrande is prepared to pay Chelsea $73 million for Willian.
Additionally, they’re prepared to double the Brazilian’s weekly wages from $292,000 per week to $584,000 per week – an offer that may just be too good to refuse.
What do you think, is he worth it:
With that kind of loot, you could buy one of these:
and one of these:
For a 27-year-old like Willian, that’s a mighty enticing proposition indeed.
Chelsea sold Ramires to another Chinese Super League team, Jiangsu Suning, for $36.5 million earlier this year.
Guangzhou Evergrande is co-owned by one of China’s richest men, Jack Ma, who has an estimated net worth of $22.5 billion dollars. Listen to him drop knowledge on how he stacked all that paper.
The Chinese Super League has been a goldmine this year, with a host of players flocking there.
Chelsea’s current manager Guus Hiddink, who will be replaced at the end of the season by Antonio Conte, urged Willian to stay in London:
“I HAVE KNOWN WILLIAN FOR MANY YEARS, BEFORE THE CHELSEA TIME. AS A PERSON ,HE IS VERY NICE AND DOWN TO EARTH. ON TOP OF THAT, HE IS DOING A VERY GOOD JOB.”
“THIS YEAR, A DIFFICULT YEAR, HE IS WORKING HARD WITH HIS NATURAL ABILITY AND SACRIFICING HIMSELF. WHEN THEY DEFEND AND SACRIFICE THEMSELVES, HE HAS THE ATTITUDE TO DO SO. HE CAN BE A KEY PLAYER AT THIS CLUB.”
Well, Guus, if you wanted your vote to count, you should have won more games. Nobody’s keen to listen to a guy who didn’t win 65% of the games his team played in the Premier League this year.
Whether Willian stays or goes remains to be seen.
One thing’s for sure though, the deep pockets of the Chinese Super League will continue lure top talent from Europe.