BARCELONA will go back in for Chelsea star Willian – and hope to snap up the Brazil winger on a FREE transfer.
The £30million man is out of contract at the end of the season.
But his resurgence this season under new Stamford Bridge chief Frank Lampard has convinced the Catalans they need to get him quickly.
Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo says Barca want the 31-year-old as the club need to freshen up their attack with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez moving toward the end of their Nou Camp careers.
Blues boss Lampard is also keen on keeping the South American, and the club are trying desperately to get him to sign a new deal so he does not leave for nothing next year.
Willian can sign a pre-contract in January with a foreign club.
And Nou Camp chiefs are ready to offer him a mega-money deal to lure him away from England.
Barca missed out on signing Willian in 2018 after a summer-long battle with Chelsea to get their prized asset.
But after this met with disappointment they moved for his £34m countryman Malcom from Bordeaux.
Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is a huge fan of Willian.
The club would not go up to Chelsea’s £70m demand for the Brazilian.
Although ironically he might not still be at the club if Willian signs and starts playing next season.
The Catalans, who are joint top of La Liga with Real Madrid after 12 games, are set to appoint a new manager.
Willian looks back to his best for the Blues after an indifferent start to the campaign.
He has two goals and three assists in eight Prem starts.