5 possible destinations for Willian
The winter transfer window is almost upon us - and a few Premier League deals have already been officially wrapped up.
Liverpool announced the signing for Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for a club record £75 million, which makes him the most expensive defender of all time.
Everton have finally signed a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, having agreed a £25 million fee for Turkish forward Cenk Tosun with Besiktas.
Chelsea have been linked with a host of players - including Thomas Lemar of Monaco and Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen. This is presumably to replace Brazilian winger Willian for the long term with the former Shakhtar forward making only 10 starts in the league this season.
Conte clearly prefers Hazard and Pedro on the wings ahead of him, and the Italian's recent conversion to a 3-5-2 season has left him on the sidelines more than usual.
With the 2018 World Cup barely 5 months away, it makes sense for Willian to seek out a new club in the January window to ensure a seat on the flight to Russia.
Here are 5 possible destinations for him next month.
#5 Bayer Leverkusen
Leverkusen have a rich history but had an underwhelming season last time out when they finished 12th and failed to qualify for Europe.
This time around they have been better - they're only 2 points behind 2nd placed Schalke and have fewer goals than only Bayern and Dortmund.
Much of that attacking prowess has come from the dynamic attacking lineup consisting of Kevin Volland, Leon Bailey and Julian Brandt.
Jamaican forward Bailey has been impressive with 6 goals and 4 assists in 10 appearances and has been linked with quite a few big clubs - including Chelsea.
It, therefore, makes sense for Willian to go the other way. He would fit right into Leverkusen's high intensity attacking approach. There's no doubt that he would be the first choice, and he's also a like-for-like replacement for Bailey.
Leverkusen might be a step down from Chelsea, but at the age of 29 and looking for regular game time, that shouldn't be the first priority for him.