Chelsea fail in bid for Willian

SHAKHTAR Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has confirmed the club have rejected a bid of £26m from Chelsea for Brazilian playmaker Willian.

“I told Willian he can leave, but only if the right offer is made,” said Lucescu of the one-time Arsenal target. “He’s a great player. Willian was the biggest investment Shakhtar have made in a young player, we have to respect that. He played only seven or eight games in Brazil. They paid a lot of money for [Eden] Hazard but are not willing to pay for Willian, even though he’s better in my opinion.”