Manchester United get boost in pursuit of Chelsea's superstar

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Chelsea have told Manchester United they will need to part ways with Anthony Martial if they want to sign Willian this summer.

Manchester United have been keeping tabs on Willian and Jose Mourinho is keen to reunite with his former Chelsea player at Old Trafford in the ongoing summer transfer window.

Barcelona and Manchester United are interested in snapping up the 29-year-old.

However, the same story claims that sources close to the Catalan club have insisted that there has been no such offer and that the La Liga side are not interested in signing him this summer.

Despite Willian's desire to leave after falling out with manager Antonio Conte, Chelsea are reluctant to let him go and have slapped a £70million asking price on him.

If Chelsea signal they could move on price by accepting a player, it will offer encouragement to Willian's suitors.

Jose Mourinho is a fan of the 29-year-old and is hopeful of taking advantage of the strained relationship the Brazil global has with the Blues' in limbo manager Antonio Conte, following his limited game time at Stamford Bridge last season.

Mourinho understood to be keen with a reunion with several players including Willian and also Mesut Ozil.

Despite winning the league and cup double last season, Barca have concerns that their squad still lacks greater quality in depth and attacking flair, particularly following their shock Champions League defeat by Roma.

However, Barca insiders have told Sport no offer has been made.

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