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Report: Arsenal have won the race for Willian, Everton showed late interest

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Report: Arsenal have won the race for Willian, Everton showed late interest

The winger is set to leave Chelsea and pen terms with their London rivals.

Arsenal will complete the signing of Willian on a three-year deal worth £100,000-a-week, according to ESPN.

The 31-year-old has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks and the ongoing saga looks to be coming to an end.

The report from ESPN also claims that Everton did show an interest in the winger, with Carlo Ancelotti keen to strengthen his squad.

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Arsenal, however, have held a substantial lead in the race and now look to be edging closer to the finish line.

Moving to Arsenal will mean he is on less than the £138,000-a-week he was earning at Chelsea, which will be music to the ears of Gunners supporters.

It seems likely that the Brazilian will have lucrative bonus clauses in his contract and perhaps the big lure is the three-year element (Telegraph).

 

Chelsea had offered a two-year deal to Willian but the insurance of another year has clearly had an impact on the player’s thought process.

Willian is a 69-cap Brazil international and fired nine goals and registered seven assists during 2019/20.

Arsenal will hope to strengthen several areas of their squad this summer and Willian would be a quality signing to kick things off.

TBR View – Good start for Arsenal but defence must be next

Willian is undoubtedly a top signing for the Gunners but they must prioritise the defence next.

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The Gunners were catastrophic in some games last season and as brilliant as Willian might be, he certainly can’t play at the back!

Next up for Arteta needs to be a composed addition to his backline and surely those efforts will be quickly stepped up whilst the ink dries on Willian’s deal.

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