Arsenal have offered a three-year contract to Willian as he edged closer to leaving Chelsea as a free agent. The midfielder has rejected a two-year deal to stay at the west London club.
Willian will give the club a final decision on his future after their game away to Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16 on Saturday. Chelsea trail 3-0 from the first leg.
The Brazilian turns 32 next week and Chelsea do not want to hand him a lengthy deal. He was ruled out of the FA Cup final against Arsenal on Saturday after suffering an achilles injury the day before the game. Frank Lampard, the Chelsea head coach, has said that he wants to keep Willian.
Arsenal are also interested
Willian’s future should be in London, but not in Stamford Bridge. The Brazilian has not reached an agreement for his stay at Chelsea , and Arsenal hopes to announce it as a new reinforcement in the coming days. The information was provided by Bruno Vicari, host of ESPN channels .
According to the journalist, Willian, in fact, should no longer defend the Blues anymore – his last game at the club may have been a 5-3 loss to Liverpool , in the 37th round of the Premier League . An injury to the Achilles tendon prevented the player from being on the field on Saturday when Chelsea lost to Arsenal at Wembley in the FA Cup final .
Frank Lampard’s side will face Bayern Munich on Saturday at the Allianz Arena for the Champions League round of 16 . On the way, the Germans won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
In recent days, Manchester United and Manchester City have probed the player’s staff, but the longer contract offered by the Gunners is weighing on Willian to make his choice, according to Bruno Vicari.
The 31-year-old attacking midfielder – turning 32 on the 9th – has asked the Blues for a three-season contract, which in turn offered him just two years.
Since 2013 at Chelsea, the Brazilian has had a great season, especially after the return of football in England. With nine goals and seven assists in this Premier League, he achieved his best personal marks in the competition