Earlier this year before the pandemic, Willian admitted that he could leave Chelsea at the end of the season. The Brazilian international signed up for Chelsea in 2013 on a five years contract but that was after having his medicals at Tottenham in that year. He claimed that Chelsea was his preference so he put pen on paper for the blues.
In 2016, his contract was reviewed and he signed another four years which ends this year. Chelsea FC offered Willian two years contract but he rejected on the fact his terms were not met.
“Chelsea offered me two years, and they are not going to change what they offered. I said I wanted three more years. The situation is difficult because of this, I really don’t know if it will be possible,” said Willian.
“My goal is to continue working and focus on the remainder of the season, so that Chelsea can continue winning the games for the remainder of the season.”
Arsenal recently made 55 members of their staff redundant on the basis of financial implications due to the coronavirus pandemic. Critics have been raising their voices against the intentions vis-à-vis the signing of new players.
However, Arsenal have reportedly agreed a three-year deal with Willian, with the Chelsea winger taking home £100,000-a-week. This transfer is favourable for Arsenal for the fact that they will not pay any dime to Chelsea for the player.
He explained: “We had big offers – one from MLS which required him to move on July 1 – but he’s always wanted to finish the season at Chelsea and the day after the season has finished he would decide.
“He has two concrete offers from Premier League clubs on the table, an offer from an MLS club, and two other offers from Europe He is going to make his decision after the last game of the season.”
However, it seems as though Arsenal have emerged as the favourites for Willian’s signature with the Gunners reportedly willing to offer the third year that’s being demanded.
Antonio Rudiger believes Chelsea will greatly miss “calm and humble” Willian if the Brazil winger seals his Arsenal move.
The Mail report the 27-year-old as saying: “Since day one of coming to Chelsea, he and David Luiz got me into the team and helped me out in the first couple of months because it was not that easy.
“He is a great guy and a really, really good footballer.
“He is calm and humble and it will be sad if I don’t see him again as a team-mate.
“He is not the type of player who talks that much.”