Reported Arsenal target Willian is “increasingly likely” to leave Chelsea and is expected to decide on his future after Saturday, according to The Telegraph.
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 plied his trade for Chelsea since 2013, when he arrived at Stamford Bridge from Anzhi Makhachkala in a reported £30million move (BBC Sport).
The 31-year-old attacker has made upwards of 330 appearances for Chelsea in which he has claimed 63 goals and 62 assists, according to Transfermarkt.
According to The Telegraph, Willian is still holding out for an offer of a three-year contract from Chelsea.
However, the Blues have reportedly been unwilling to extend his current deal by more than two years, despite Frank Lampard’s desire to keep him at the club.
The report also claims that Willian is now expected to wait until after Chelsea’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich on Saturday before deciding his future.
Willian is an incredibly talented player, fast, agile, hard-working and technically gifted, with a track record of pulling off exciting feints and tricks to the point that some pundits were questioning whether he, and not Eden Hazard, was Chelsea’s most skilful player of the two.
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 Arsenal now in the Europa League by virtue of winning the FA Cup and the team’s future looking bright under Arteta, this could well make it more tempting for Willian to decide upon a switch to the Emirates Stadium.