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Barcelona Looking at Player Exchange with Chelsea Involving Willian

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Barça are rumored to be offering Paulinho, Rafinha, or Gomesaulinho, Rafinh

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FC Barcelona are looking to lower Chelsea’s asking price for Willian by offering a player in exchange, who could be Paulinho, Rafinha, or André Gomes, according to Xavier Muñoz writing for Mundo Deportivo.

Willian is said to be “crazy about” the possibility of joining Barça, but Chelsea reportedly turned down an offer of 56 million euro for him. They insist they want 80 million.

To try to lower that price, Barcelona are looking into trading one of their players in. Paulinho’s case is especially interesting, as he and Willian share an agent - Kia Joorabchian - and there were rumors recently that there was an offer of upwards of 50 million for him on the table.

Joorabchian is also Philiippe Coutinho’s agent. Gerard Romero, a Catalan journalist, has said this fact could make the play for Willian more likely. He says the interest is real, but the whole situation is still very early in its process.