Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Willian is still hopeful of a move to Chelsea, despite the apparently imminent arrival of Oscar to the club.
Willian, 23, had been linked with the west London outfit throughout off season, but Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of landing Internacional playmaker Oscar.
There has been some confusion over the amount required to secure the services of Brazilian forward Willian, with Shakhtar’s manager, Mircea Lucescu, previously claiming a bid of 26 million pounds had been rejected.
“I don’t know what the coach said, but the correct value was 19.5 million pounds,” he told Globo Esporte.
“But regardless of the value, of course I really wanted to play for a club like Chelsea, a club that won the Champions League.”
Willian indicated the offer from Roberto Di Matteo’s side was slightly lower than that but, regardless of the fee, said he was disappointed at not being allowed to discuss terms of a move to Stamford Bridge and reiterated his desire to push through a transfer.
“I’m really annoyed that the board didn’t let me go. It would have been good for me and for the club too,” he said.
“I’d play in a big league and would be able to grow as a player. This is not a message to anyone, everyone knows I want to leave.”
Reports have now emerged Willian’s countryman Oscar, who featured in the Brazilian Olympic team’s friendly against Great Britain on Friday evening, underwent a medical at Chelsea last week.
And Willian suggested that, despite Chelsea’s interest in his compatriot, he could still seal a move to the club.
“Chelsea had already reached an agreement regarding Oscar when they made that last offer to sign me,” he said.
“I’m sure it won’t be a problem as we are different kinds of players. He is more like a playmaker and I am more like an attacking midfielder.
“But it’s a matter of waiting. A lot can still happen.”