Arsenal have reportedly offered Willian a three-year contract which he is considering, according to the Daily Mail.
Mikel Arteta’s charges are believed to be one of the sides interested in the Brazil international’s signature, with his Chelsea contract expiring this summer.
Willian has plied his trade for the West Londoners since 2013, when he joined from Anzhi Makhachkala in a reported £30million move (BBC Sport).
The 31-year-old has made upwards of 300 appearances for Chelsea in which he has claimed 59 goals and 59 assists, according to Transfermarkt.
However, Willian’s days at Chelsea seem to be numbered, the player recently telling Fox Sports show Expediente Futbol that contract talks with the Blues had petered out.
The £120,000-a-week ace wants a contract of two to three years and, while Chelsea haven’t offered him such a deal, Arsenal have reportedly stepped in.
Willian is believed to have been “inundated” with offers as the Premier League prepares to put several proposals to a vote on Monday on a number of topics which could help facilitate the restart of the 2019-20 season, including a mini-window in the last week of June when clubs are permitted to approach out-of-contract players to sign for next season. (Daily Mail).
The Willian saga involving Arsenal and Spurs is showing no signs of slowing down, with different sources reporting different things – some are tipping him for the Emirates Stadium, others for rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
That said, the Brazilian 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 pundits were questioning whether he, and not Eden Hazard, was Chelsea’s most skilful player of the two.
To get such a talent on a free transfer would be quite a coup for Arsenal and, even though he’s 31, he looks to have plenty of top-level years in him yet.