​Barcelona are once again 'attentive' to the situation of Chelsea forward Willian, with the Brazilian just half a season away from being out of contract.

The 31-year-old has long been admired by Barcelona, who scouted him during his Shakhtar Donetsk days and reportedly made enquires as to his availability on several more recent occasions while in England.


Now Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo (MD) report that with the January transfer window fast approaching, Barça are yet again considering a move for Willian.

The report claims that despite being the wrong side of 30, Willian has impressed with his continued output at Chelsea and Barcelona are attracted by the possibility of signing a player they were recently quoted €80m for on a free deal for the end of the season.

It is noted that Willian was Ernesto Valverde's first-choice target in 2018, but after being told of his price tag, Barça hierarchy instead signed younger option Malcom - who has since moved onto Zenit St Petersburg.

Speaking on Barça's interest back in 2018, Willian recently revealed: "The only real official offer I had came from Barcelona, after the World Cup.

"Barcelona indeed presented an offer to Chelsea but it was rejected.


"That was the only actual time I had to discuss something like this with my family, although we really love it here [in London]. So there were several factors that helped us in staying."

With the outcome of Chelsea's CAS appeal and transfer ban timeline still up in the air, it's unlikely that the Blues would entertain a sale for an experienced and well-liked player like Willian in January, while MD's report suggests Barça are more inclined to negotiate a pre-contract deal rather than force through the transfer mid-season.

Whether Chelsea would put up much of a fight to keep Willian beyond the 2019/20 season is also unclear. With younger stars like Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi thriving under Frank Lampard, it has been suggested that the Blues decision-makers ​may allow the two-time Premier League winner to walk away come the summer.


Lampard himself clearly has a different position though, publicly urging the board to offer an extension to Willian.

"The word isn’t 'no-brainer' because I can’t get involved in the money," Lampard ​confessed, following the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. "That’s up to the club to do. But everyone sees how much I’m relying on him, and picking him and in what he is producing, I love him at this football club."