Alienating himself from everyone and everything at Real Sociedad during the January transfer window as he pushed for a transfer to Tottenham, Willian José is now in full grovelling mode, trying to somehow make his way back into the club’s starting XI.
However, he might not need to do so for too long, as Barcelona could come in and save him, as they continue their quest for an emergency transfer outside of the transfer window.
The injuries to both Luis Suárez and Ousmane Dembélé have left the Catalans short in attack, and while they still haven’t been given the green light to officially sign someone, they are readying themselves in case they do.
That’s where José comes in, as Sport report he’s one of two names, Getafe’s Ángel Rodríguez being the other ones, being looked at by those in charge at Barcelona.
The Brazilian’s arrival has been ‘endorsed’ by Quique Setién, who has already worked with him during his spell at Las Palmas during the 2015-16 season.
The new manager has already discussed the 28-year-old’s qualities with the technical staff, and it’s said both Barcelona and Real Sociedad are ‘looking’ at how they could get this over the line in a deal that suits everyone.
Among the many issues that need to be resolved, the main one remains the 20% of any deal that would go to an investment fund (aka third parties), meaning it’s possible a move to the Nou Camp would only be a loan.
Before any of this happens, though, a few things need to happen.
First, Dembélé needs to be operated on his latest injury, and in order to be given permission to sign someone else, Barcelona will need to prove via medical references that he’ll be out for at least five months.
If they can’t do that, then no Willian José for them.