Arsenal fans have been treated to the media equivalent of a soap opera with the speculation surrounding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future in a ‘will he/ won’t he’ style saga, but their FA Cup final opponents Chelsea have had their own version with Willian.
Strangely enough, his destination was always thought to be Arsenal and it appears that a deal is incredibly close. I’m told by a source, that has links to the club, that talks with the Gunners have been productive, the wage structure is awaiting approval as is his signature and medical.
Chelsea’s refusal to offer three years was the last straw and the player’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, turned to Arsenal who agreed that part of the terms immediately. Arsenal had the benefit of contemplating their move during lockdown but had to wait when Willian agreed to extend temporarily until the end of the protracted season. Arsenal are now also the odds on favourite to sign the Brazilian as bookies like onlinecasinosnoop.com are now offering the best odds on Arsenal closing the deal this summer.
Willian will add experience, depth, and quality to Arteta’s side as he goes in search of at least another two additions. News of Willian’s decision may have ended his Chelsea career, but that would be incredibly short-sighted on Frank Lampard’s part with recent injuries and with a big game ahead against Bayern.
Lampard is thought to begrudgingly accept the Brazilian’s wishes, but the Chelsea hierarchy may not be so agreeable. It’s now a question of waiting because if the player is relieved of his commitments, the deal will probably be announced at the tail end of this week or early next week.
Arsenal are nudging closer and if the deal is closed, one can only surmise what Arteta has in store for the rest of the transfer window with Ceballos and Coutinho still said to be high on the wanted list, as well as another CB option thought to be Diego Carlos (Sevilla).