Arsenal have reportedly edged to the front of the queue to sign Willian after making a formal offer of a three-year contract to the Chelsea attacker, according to Sky Sports.
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are believed to be one of the sides interested in the Brazil international’s signature, with his Blues contract expiring at the end of the month.
Willian has played for Chelsea since 2013, when he arrived at Stamford Bridge from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in a reported £30million move (BBC Sport).
The 31-year-old has made upwards of 330 appearances for the Blues, in which he has registered 63 goals and 62 assists.
Willian’s Chelsea future is in doubt, with The Telegraph reporting earlier this week that the Blues unwilling to extend his current deal by more than two years, despite Frank Lampard’s desire to keep him at the club.
Now, Sky Sports has claimed that Arsenal have made him a three-year offer and, although it’s “still some way short of the terms offered by Barcelona and Inter Miami,” the Gunners’ improved form and the chance to work with compatriot Edu have made the Londoners favourites.
Willian’s CV speaks for itself, along with his impressive displays week-in, week-out in English football – he is an incredibly talented player, fast, agile, hard-working and technically gifted.
He was impressive after the resumption of English football, with BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks naming him in his Team of the Week on several occasions and deeming him “outstandingly consistent”, while Arsenal legend Paul Merson has described him as “world class”, “brilliant” and “outstanding”.
With the Gunners on the up, having won the FA Cup and earning themselves a place in the Europa League, and Edu at the club, it’s looking promising for them in terms of securing a highly sought-after player.