Arsenal make Willian three-year contract offer

Willian has also been linked with Barcelona and Inter Miami

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Arsenal is the 'most likely destination' for Willian if he fails to agree a new contract with Chelsea, according to Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol

Arsenal have made a formal three-year contract offer to Willian, edging them to the front of the race to sign the Brazilian forward.

Joining Mikel Arteta's rejuvenated side and the chance to work with fellow Brazilian Edu are the reasons Arsenal are favourites to secure Willian's signature. The Gunners have made a formal three-year contract offer to Willian, still some way short of the terms offered by Barcelona and Inter Miami.

Edu has returned to Arsenal
Image: The opportunity to work with his friend Edu is a big draw for Willian

Despite wanting the 31-year-old to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have refused to offer more than a further two years - and the chances of him being a Chelsea player when the new season begins in five weeks now look remote.

Frank Lampard has admitted his side need to improve defensively, but that Chelsea would need to sell before they can buy, having already spent big in the attacking areas by bringing in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

Hakim Ziyech has began 'pre-season' training with Chelsea. Picture credit: Chelsea FC
Image: Chelsea have already invested heavily in forward areas - Hakim Ziyech has arrived from Ajax

Willian made 47 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions and finished the season in fine form with four Premier League goals after the restart.

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Analysis: 'Willian wants one last big deal'

Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol:

"Willian wants one big final contract - ideally a three-year deal to take him to 35. Chelsea would like to keep him, though they're not going to offer him three years.

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"At the moment it looks like Arsenal is his most likely destination but he is a free agent and at his age, realistically, you're likely to go where there is the most money and longest contract on offer.

"He's got a great injury record so his agent will be saying, 'Don't worry about his fitness'."

Chelsea open to offers for third of first-team squad

Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for up to 10 first-team players, including goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho and centre-back trio Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christiansen.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on November 23, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus) *** Local Caption *** Kepa Arrizabalaga
Image: Kepa Arrizabalaga is one of several players Chelsea are looking to offload

Frank Lampard has admitted his side need to improve defensively, but that Chelsea would need to sell before they can buy, having already spent big in the attacking areas by bringing in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

Emerson, Jorginho, Victor Moses, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Michy Batshuayi are among a long list of players Chelsea would also be willing to offload.

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