Highly rated Shakhtar Donetsk winger Willian has been linked with a host of Barclays Premier League clubs over the past few months, including Chelsea and Liverpool.

A product of the Corinthians youth system, Willian joined Donetsk in 2007 on a five year deal and has gained experience in the Europa and Champions League during his time in the Ukraine.

The 22-year-old Brazilian has made a string of impressive performances for Shakhtar in this season's competition, playing a starring role in his side's run to the Champions League quarter-finals, which has attracted further interest from around Europe.

Arsenal are the latest team to emerge as potential suitors after Gunners midfielder Denilson, urged his Brazilian compatriot to forget about moving to Chelsea or Liverpool and instead join Arsene Wenger's regime.

According to Goal.com, Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is a huge admirer of the £25million-rated Samba star and is weighing up a summer move for the South American starlet who could join fellow Brazilians David Luiz, Ramires and Alex at Stamford Bridge.


 

But Denilson has spoken to Willian about moving to the Emirates Stadium in the summer as he believes he has exactly the match-winning class that Arsenal need to continue challenging for honours.

"Willian would be perfect for Arsenal. I know him well from the Brazil team and he has a real winning mentality.

"I've heard Chelsea are interested in him but I think his character could really improve our team.

"I believe his style would fit much better at Arsenal because of the way we play football. He has great vision and ability - I think he is one of the best creative players I have played with," concluded Denilson.

As the summer transfer window approaches, it is likely Willian will leave Shakhtar at the end of the current season. But as yet the eventual destination remains unclear with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal likely to battle for his signature.

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