Chelsea’s Willian could soon be switching Stamford Bridge for the Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners hoping to lure the Brazil international across London on a free transfer from Chelsea. Blues boss Frank Lampard wants the attacker to stay put, but so far Willian has rejected the two-year contract offer that remains on the table from Chelsea. He is holding out for a three-year deal. On the other hand, Arsenal are believed to be willing to give the 31-year-old what he wants, and a move could be formalised soon after the second leg of Chelsea’s last-16 Champions League tie with Bayern Munich on Saturday.
The Brazilian may be turning 32 next week, but he is not showing any signs of slowing up just yet. In fact, along with Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud, he has been one of Chelsea’s most influential players since the restart. He scored nine league goals in total last season, more than he managed in any other league campaign for the west London outfit. He also provided seven assists, equalling his highest previous tally, which was amassed in 2017-18. To me, the Blues will lose a big asset if they allow the talented winger switch the West London.