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Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho maintains an interest in reuniting with Willian, whom he managed previously while in charge at Chelsea, but Barca have the edge as the playmaker is "determined" to play alongside Lionel Messi, per Mundo Deportivo (via the Mirror's Thomas Bristow). However, the 22-year-old is looking to rejuvenate his career having been left out of France's World Cup squad, and he would relish the chance to head to Chelsea, and this swap deal has every chance of going through before the season gets under way next month.

"Willian's Brazil team-mates Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho are at Barcelona but the Chelsea forward said he was not thinking about his future at this moment".

"People speculate a lot".

Willian has jumped to the defence of Gabriel Jesus amid criticism of the Manchester City striker's lack of goals for Brazil at the World Cup.

'I'm following the information about Barcelona on the internet but I still do not know anything. I'm trying to focus on my performance, playing for Brazil'.

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United and Barcelona are the two leading the charge for the Brazilian winger with reports that the Catalan club lodged a £50m bid.

Next up for the South American giants is Belgium, a team littered with Premier League stars, for a place in the semi-finals.

'He (Coutinho) has an extraordinary quality, he's making a great World Cup and I'm sure he will continue to do so.

Another player who is being touted as an option is Andre Gomes, who has not had the best of times since moving to the Camp Nou from Valencia.

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