Shakhtar name Willian price

We are open to talks but Willian is important to us, says Akhmetov

Willian: Brazilian will be allowed to leave Shakhtar, but only if the price tag is met

Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov claims reported Chelsea target Willian can leave the club - if they receive the €30million asking price.

Willian is the latest player to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge as the European champions continue to look to rebuild their squad this summer.

The 23-year-old Brazil international would relish the opportunity to move to the Premier League but the Ukrainian club's €30m (£23.5m) price tag is warding off potential suitors.

"I clearly said that I would not even talk about a sum that is less than €30million. And if Chelsea or any other club offers for him the aforementioned sum I will let him go. At present, we have no such proposal."

Rinat Akhmetov

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And that's just the way Akhmetov wants it.

"I am sure that Willian will remain in Donetsk," Akhmetov told Shakhtar's official website.

"As for big clubs' interest in our players, we don't have a golden cage here - we are open to talks. And when an offer suits Shakhtar, we let a player leave.

"Regarding this situation, I clearly said that I would not even talk about a sum that is less than €30million.

"And if Chelsea or any other club offers for him the aforementioned sum I will let him go. At present, we have no such proposal.

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"I am not waiting for an offer of €30million and do not want to be offered this amount of money which will result in us having a headache. Willian is a very important player who can help us."

Akhmetov had the opportunity to discuss a transfer with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in person when the Russian was in Donetsk during Euro 2012.

And while the Shakhtar chief acknowledged that Willian's name came up in conversation, he admits discussions stopped well short of transfer negotiations.

"No, we exchanged views," added Akhmetov. "He also said that he is a very good player.

"But, as I understand it, they are not going to pay this kind of money. And I know that we're not going to sell Willian for a lesser sum.

"I would not want us to receive such an offer. But if we receive it, I will respect the player's ambitions. If we don't receive it, Willian will remain at Shakhtar."