Willian Jose should be of major interest to Chelsea this winter

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Willian Jose should be of major interest to Chelsea this winter

Chelsea scooped three points against Newcastle at the weekend to maintain their position in the Premier League top four.

Maurizio Sarri opted yet again to not field a striker against the Magpies with Eden Hazard operating as the false nine. The Blues took the lead after just nine minutes through Pedro but were pegged back when Ciaran Clark headed home. Sarri relied on Willian, who has been linked with Barcelona, to curl home and secure all three points at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had gone two games without a goal at home before the encounter with Rafael Benitez’s men highlighting their need for a new forward. With Olivier Giroud on the bench and Alvaro Morata out the squad, Chelsea have lined up a move for Callum Wilson, however, Bournemouth reportedly (as per the Daily Star) want close to £75m for their star man. Their astronomical demands could mean Sarri will be forced to seek alternatives.

One man he could pursue is Real Sociedad hitman – Willian Jose. Valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, the Brazilian forward has been a regular goalscorer in La Liga since joining the Spanish side back in 2016. Jose netted 20 goals in all competitions last season, the second time he reached double figures for league goals in Spain.

His form has continued into the new campaign, finding the back of the net four times, in a squad of Chelsea’s quality his abilities would be elevated. Jose is an instinctive forward who is quick and powerful making him perfect for Sarri’s system in London. The former Brazil U20 international is also a massive threat in the air and would add another dimension to the Blues attack alongside the likes of Hazard and Willian, the 27-year-old would be scoring for fun in the Premier League.

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