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According to transfer expert Duncan Castles, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is preparing for the eventual exit of Willian by prioritising the signing of a winger in the January transfer window.
Willian is out of contract at the end of the season and wants longer than the one-year extension he has been offered by the club.
Chelsea have a policy of offering players aged 30 and above just one year deals and are refusing to offer Willian a longer contract despite his importance to the team this season.
“It does not look like Chelsea are willing to spend that much on a centre-forward,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.
“Their priorities, I’m told, are elsewhere, particularly on the wing where they envisage losing Willian at the latest in the summer.
“They have offered Willian a new contract but only a one-year contract because of his age.
“Willian, quite understandably, is arguing that ‘I’m better than a one-year contract, I’m a top performer in the Premier League, there are plenty of other clubs who would like to give me a longer-term deal, so I’m not going to sign that’.
“So Chelsea are preparing for his exit and I’m told are focusing on wingers at present.”