Willian has rejected both Manchester United and Barcelona and will instead stay at Chelsea.
United had been set to launch a last-ditch bid to land Jose Mourinho’s top target.
Mourinho was set on beating Barcelona to the punch for the Brazilian attacker before the transfer window shuts on Thursday.
But the 29-year-old is now set to stay at Stamford Bridge after talks with new boss Maurizio Sarri, report football.london.
After Chelsea’s defeat to Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in the Community Shield, the Brazilian broke his silence over talk he could leave the club this summer.
"This is just the beginning," he said after the game. "I’ve been only in three training sessions. We have a new season with a new philosophy, everything is new for everyone. But this team has everything to improve in all aspects.
"The people know we have a lot of competitions to play. If we work hard we can achieve a lot of thing.
"I always told him I’m really happy playing for Chelsea. I never talk about me leaving the club."
The decision is a blow to Mourinho who has lost patience with French striker Anthony Martial and will offer him in return for Willian.
Both are valued at £75million – and both want to leave their clubs for a fresh challenge.
Willian, 29, has been on Mourinho’s radar ever since the Portuguese took charge at United, and the Brazilian’s recent problems at Chelsea have encouraged his former Stamford Bridge boss that a deal can be done.
The South American had irritated new Blues boss Sarri by arriving back late from his summer break, citing an expired passport as the reason.
But he seems him as the ideal man to play in his high-pressing 4-3-3 formation.
And Willian has added to growing disquiet by publicly stating that an agent claiming to have a mandate to negotiate his transfer doesn’t have authority to act for him.
Sarri wants to keep Willian but Mourinho may still not give up – viewing his pace, goal threat and winning mentality as attributes his squad is short on.
United’s board are reluctant to give up on Martial, but Mourinho doesn’t have confidence in the youngster and would happily trade him.
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