Arsenal have long been a name on the list of clubs potentially interested in signing Willian, should the 32-year-old winger leave Chelsea as a free agent this summer.
For his part, Willian has been trying find common ground over an extension with his current club, and though wages he would be earning aren’t any kind of an obstacle for him to put his name on the dotted line, Chelsea aren’t willing to meet his demands over the length of the proposed new contract. The player obviously wants long-term security as he angles for a three-year deal, while the Blues are well-known for having reservations about signing players over 30 on long-lasting contracts. The difference in their respective aims could see them lose a player who helped them win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and League Cup apiece, as well as the Europa League last year.
In fact, The Guardian are now reporting that Willian has already rejected Chelsea’s latest offer of a two-year deal and is currently in talks with Arsenal, who appear more than willing to give him what he wants. He is, however, reluctant to make a final decision on his future before Frank Lampard’s team face Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 showdown, but it is believed that the chances of him wearing the Blue of Stamford Bridge after that game are drifting away.
Willian is very likely to play some part against Munich, with Christian Pulisic unavailable for selection through the hamstring injury he picked up in the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.
If the Gunners do sign Willian, it will be interesting to see what role in the team boss Mikel Arteta has in store for him. Primarily a winger, he can play on either attacking flank or as a number 10 in a 4-2-3-1 system.