One of the biggest consequences of the two window transfer ban for Chelsea is that their negotiating hand has-been severely weakened when it comes to player contracts and that certainly appears to be the case with midfielder Willian.
Chelsea has had a contract policy in place for a few years now that any player that is over 30 with just 12 months left on his existing deal will only be offered a one-year extension, however, 31-year-old Willian is holding out for a two-year deal.
If Willian refuses to put pen to paper then Chelsea will either have to sell or see him walk away on a free transfer next year.
Under normal circumstances, they would sell but because of the transfer sanction they really cannot afford to be losing any players that they cannot replace and that gives the advantage to the Brazilian.
So, the choice is clear for the Blues, agree to a two-year deal with Willian or lose him for nothing because selling him right now is not really an option.
It also does not help Chelsea’s cause that they agreed to a two-year deal with 32-year-old David Luiz. That went against their policy but he would have gone this summer on a free and again, they simply cannot be losing players with no replacement lined up.
All things considered, it is difficult to see Chelsea winning this one and chances are very high that they will give in and agree to a two-year deal with Willian.