Willian has reportedly passed his medical ahead of the proposed move to Arsenal.
The 32-year-old revealed his decision to leave Stamford Bridge after seven years in an open letter to the Chelsea supporters on Sunday. Apparently, despite the player not making any waves regarding the wages on offer at Chelsea, the Blues simply refused to meet his request for the duration of the proposed new contract to be set at a minimum of three years. Arsenal jumped to the chance and quickly informed the winger he would be getting a three-year deal if he agrees to move to north London.
And according to the Evening Standard, a three-year deal is already on the table for Willian to sign after he has undergone a medical at the club. His wages will, apparently be somewhat lesser than those he would be earning had he stayed at Chelsea.
Willian should, therefore, become the first piece of the puzzle being put together by head coach Mikel Arteta. He should also represent a ‘sign of intent’ which should, in turn, act positively on the situation surrounding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. After months of speculations about the Gabonese forward leaving, more recent reports suggest that he is now very close to signing a new contract.
However, signing Willian isn’t enough for Arteta. As reported by TalkSport in their own cover of the news about the medical, they claim that the boss has asked for several players more but was told that some players would have to leave in order for sufficient funds to be set aside for incoming deals. They mention Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Matteo Guendouzi, Rob Holding and Sead Kolasinac as the names for which the club would be open to offers, as well as Mesut Ozil.
Three clubs are reportedly preparing offers for Maitland-Niles, while Guendouzi has been mentioned as a makeweight in a deal to bring in either Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid or Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.