Willian is set to be fielding a number of calls ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Chelsea star is expected to move on this summer after failing to agree a new contract with the West London club.
Willian’s deal expires on June 30, however he has agreed to stay at Stamford Bridge until the end of the current campaign.
It’s reported that the Brazilian is wanting to sign a three-year contract – something that goes against Chelsea’s contract policy for players over the age of 30.
That has alerted a number of clubs such as Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid to his services.
But while the trio are seen as favourites, a new contender for his signature has now emerged.
According to The Mirror, Arsenal are now interested in a move for Willian.
The Gunners are keen to bolster their forward line and see a free transfer for the Brazilian as an option for the summer.
It’s claimed that Arsenal were willing to offer him £250,000 per week to move to North London, however it remains to be seen whether this stance has changed amid the financial uncertainty that has been placed on the UK economy.
GIVEMESPORT’S Phil Spencer says…
What a move this would be.
Arsenal are in need of attacking reinforcements and this could really be appealing.
While he’d no doubt be expensive in terms of wages, he’d certainly be a big addition.
To sign a player of his calibre would be a real coup, and Mikel Arteta will know it.
One obstacle is the three-year deal that Willian is after, and while that’s quite a commitment, it could prove to be a shrewd piece of business.
But given the crossroads that the club currently stand at, it may be necessary to make such a move.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have both been linked with a move, and that could cause a problem for Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal lack experience in attacking areas, and that’s one reason why Willian could be the ideal sort of addition to guide the young Gunners through the next phase for them.
Whether he will warrant such a high salary, however, remains to be seen.
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