Arsenal given boost in bid to sign soon-to-be free agent

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Willian’s future has been up in the air for quite some time now.

The Chelsea winger was not included in the club’s squad for the FA Cup final due to an Achilles injury, as the Blues lost to Arsenal at Wembley.

His contract expires at the end of this month and it appeared that he was playing his way into staying at Stamford Bridge.

After the resumption of Premier League proceedings, Willian scored four goals and provided two assists in seven matches.

However, it appears that talks over an extension have reached an impasse.

He wants a three-year deal, per The Guardian, but the Blues are not willing to countenance offering him such a contract, given that he turns 32 later this month.

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It does seem, though, that a resolution is coming, with clubs interested in snapping up his signature.

Arsenal, the newspaper reports, are closing in on a deal to sign the Brazil international in this transfer window.

Chelsea play Bayern Munich on Saturday in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, though they are currently 3-0 down.

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Willian is set to delay any decision until the game is over, but the Gunners are ready to give him the three-year contract that he wants, and can also offer him Europa League football.

Chelsea are said to be unlikely to reach a breakthrough with the player, despite Frank Lampard’s desire to keep him.

Arsenal, thus, are hopeful of bringing him to the Emirates Stadium.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

A three-year contract for a player who will be 35 upon its expiration is not good business.

Willian, of course, is a fine player.

He’s a pacey, tricky winger who can make something out of nothing.

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He has the ability to win games on his own, but he’s simply too old to be considered a proper option for the Gunners.

They have Nicolas Pepe on the right flank – he’s 25 – and it doesn’t make sense for the Gunners to bring in another winger on an inflated contract.

With Willian the age that he is, it looks downright ridiculous.

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