Want-away Brazilian and Chelsea star Willian is said to be extremely close to agreeing to terms with another Premier League club but the 31-year-old is just waiting to see if there is any other interest.
Chelsea wanted to extend his contract but would only offer a 2-year deal. PSG, Spurs, and Arsenal are also said to be vying for his services, and Newcastle would be another club should the proposed £300m Saudi-led takeover go through.
Arsenal has been long linked with the Brazilian winger and even more, the 31-year-old’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, is a regular feature at the Emirates and is well known to be a keen follower of Arsenal.
Willian is keeping his options open just a while longer, but he has informed his agent Kia Joorabchian of his preferred destination and although the super-agent denies any influence with the player, it’s thought that there has been comprehensive dialogue about a move to north London.
It’s Willian’s final move and he has to be sure of his decision. It’s complex but it’s said that it’s not about money but goals, ambition, and regular football. It’s well documented that Willian has a stable family life in London, which makes it harder to pack up and head off elsewhere other than the Premier League.
So in conclusion, if it’s not about money, then Arsenal could afford to pay the £120,000 per week that Chelsea handed out, with no transfer fee involved and a three-year contract.
But more than the financial aspects, the bigger question is would Willian be a good deal? Might be, given his dazzling array of skills and seven years of experience playing in the Premier League. The Brazilian has a good work rate, good attacking flair, and considerable dribbling skills.
Many supporters see that as a good deal in these financially challenging times. Me? I’m nervous, every time we buy from Chelsea, it doesn’t end well.