According to sources, Arsenal is aiming to announce Willian ‘s signature on a free transfer from Chelsea in the coming days.
Despite struggling to agree a new deal at Stamford Bridge, the Blues winger is expected to end his seven-year stint in west London and join the Gunners.
Willian has been pressing for a new three-year extension to his Chelsea deal – something Blues bosses are hesitant to put on the table with only a two-year proposal.
And according to ESPN’s Brazilian version, Arsenal has beaten Tottenham and Manchester United’s likes to seal the 31-year-old’s contract, with the deal being announced ‘in the days to come.’
It is understood that Willian will sign a three-year agreement at the Emirates, with the option to add to his deal for another year.
This summer, Mikel Arteta is scouring the market for cheap attackers and is even contemplating a loan move for outcast Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona as he prepares for his first full season in charge at the Emirates.
The 28-year-old former Liverpool midfielder continues to be linked with a return from the Premier League and is now a definite possibility according to his agent.
However, a stumbling block could come in the form of the Brazilian’s colossal £240,000-a-week salary in any potential contract.
Returning to Willian, Lampard remained ambiguous about whether he should sign a new contract at Chelsea following last weekend’s 2-1 defeat of the club against the Gunners in the FA Cup final.
The Brazil ace, who missed the Cup final with an injury, may have now played his last game for Chelsea – despite the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie vs Bayern Munich to be played on Saturday.
Willian has been a crucial member of Chelsea’s squad since joining the club for £30m in 2013 from Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring 37 goals in 234 Premier League appearances and helping the club to two league titles and triumphs in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League.