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Reports: Manchester United make stunning deadline day swoop for Chelsea superstar

Anirudh Menon
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Jose Mourinho would be smiling all season if Manchester United pull this one off

What's the story?

Manchester United have been pretty quiet this transfer window - preferring to finalise all their deals early... getting Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku, and Nemanja Matic in well before the start of the Premier League season. These, per Jose Mourinho, are three of the four signings he'd targeted this summer, and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic signing up to be United's new no.10, it looked like United would have a quiet Deadline Day as the rest of the Premier League implodes around them.

Well, that's not happening now. Not if the folk at the Sun are to be believed! There are now reports emerging that United are set to swoop in for Chelsea's Brazilian winger Willian - as Jose Mourinho looks set to bring one of his favourites from his second stint at Stamford Bridge.

In case you didn't know

Willian was the sole shining light in Mourinho's abysmal third season at Chelsea, during that second stint, where they went from title winners to lower mid-table in the blink of an eye... by December that is, when Chelsea were 15th in the league... arguably the greatest fall from grace any English Champion has had in the modern era.

This has obviously fostered a sense of loyalty between the two and Willian would be the one person, apart from Matic obviously, that Mourinho would want from his old Chelsea outfit.

The heart of the matter

Willian is a power-packed player that Antonio Conte would sorely miss if he is to go - and any question on him would probably elicit the same kind that came when he was asked about Nemanja Matic - that it is the board's decision.


Willian, at his best, is a sight to behold:

The lad has some superbly quick feet on him, and his never-say-die attitude is Godsend to any team he plays for

Author's Take

Manchester United's primary weakness this season seems to be on the right flank - where at present Juan Mata has been deployed; as wonderfully creative as the little Spaniard is his movement is always naturally inward and thus United lack width on the right - apart from the bombing forward of Antonio Valencia.

Willian's inclusion would automatically solve this thorny issue while ensuring that the team's balance (both in terms of playing style and morale) is not disrupted because of the down-to-earth character the Brazilian is.

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