Manchester United’s officials have held official negotiations with Chelsea attacker Willian’s representatives ahead of the summer transfer market.
The MEN understands the Brazilian’s agents held preliminary talks with Manchester United this month to gauge the possibility of completing a deal, with the summer window reopening on Thursday.
Jose Mourinho signed Willian to Chelsea in 2013 and tried to re-sign Brazil international back in 2016 when he also made an alike approach to Willian’s then-Chelsea teammate Nemanja Matic.
Brazilian winger is contracted to the Blues until 2020 but his age and the length of his contract mean his value will decrease drastically next year.
The one-time Shakhtar Donetsk attacker is represented by Kia Joorabchian, who Manchester United have not dealt with since Carlos Tevez quit the club in 2009.
Although Jose has indicated he has no intention of buying forwards this summer he is prepared to make an exception for Chelsea key man.
Manchester United attack is lacking a right-wing specialist, with Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard more productive through the middle, while England international Marcus Rashford and Frenchman Anthony Martial have struggled to perform there.