Hazard warning! Shakhtar claim Chelsea target Willian can outshine Lille star
Shakhtar Donetsk insist their Brazilian playmaker Willian is stronger than another Chelsea target – 33million-rated Lille ace Eden Hazard.
Shakhtar rejected an opening bid for Willian of 16.5million from Stamford Bridge but say they are still in talks over a deal that the 23-year-old is keen to complete.
Highly rated: Shakhtar midfielder Willian is wanted by Chelsea
However, completing negotiations before Tuesday's transfer deadline could be difficult as the former Corinthians player has returned to Brazil because his wife is about to give birth in Sao Paulo.
Shakhtar assistant boss Alexandru Spiridon, who has been training the first team while Mircea Lucescu recovers from a near-fatal car crash, said: 'As far as I know negotiations are continuing.
'The €20m offered by Chelsea, I think, does not correspond to the level of this player.
Wanted man: Lille's forward Eden Hazard (left) is also in demand
'Accoring to information we see on the internet, for Hazard the offer is €30m to €35m.
'I don't think that Willian is weaker – in some aspects he is even stronger than Hazard.' Willian has a release clause set at 29m, but Shakhtar have indicated they will accept a bid of 25m.
Belgium international Hazard, 21, has long been in the sights of Chelsea and many of Europe's top clubs, but is unlikely to move before the end of the season.