Willian’s free transfer to Arsenal is to be announced in the coming days – though his agent Kia Joorabchian was reluctant to specifically confirm that the winger will be joining the Gunners.
Willian confirmed his departure from Chelsea this week with an emotional open letter to the Blues’ fanbase after a seven-year stint at Stamford Bridge.
But now a free agent, the 32-year-old is set to announce his next move per Joorabchian.
It is widely expected his next move will be across London to link up with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.
Willian has completed a medical and agreed terms on a three-year, £100,000-a-week contract at the Emirates.
But Joorabchian, speaking to talkSPORT, refused to confirm that the Brazil international will join the north London outfit – although it is increasingly inevitable.
“He is a free player,” Willian’s agent said on Thursday.
“He had a fantastic seven years at Chelsea, he’s been under various managers, he’s won multiple trophies and he has a fantastic relationship with Frank [Lampard], he respected him a lot.
“But I think that cycle had come to a moment where it’s a good moment to leave.
“At the moment, just for now I cant say where he’s going to go, for sure Arsenal are one of the contenders.
“But it wont be long before we announce it. We know where he’s going, so it won’t be long.”
And Arsenal icon Paul Merson is in full support of the move to bring the versatile South American – who produced nine goals and seven assists in 36 Premier League games in 2019-20 – to north London.
He wrote for the Daily Star: “I think Willian is a special player who ticks all the boxes. I can’t believe Chelsea are letting him go to be honest.
“I know he’s 31 and wanted a three-year contract but football is all about now, and right now he’s a great player.
“No manager is thinking about what might happen in three or four years time. They need results now, so it’s no surprise to me Frank Lampard doesn’t want him to go.
“Arteta won’t be Arsenal manager forever. He needs to win now. Willian can help him do that.
“He’s a special player and a blinding signing in my opinion. Okay, he probably won’t be pulling up any trees in his third year, but who cares? He ticks every box.
“He won’t have to settle in London because he’s been here for years and his family love the place.
“He won’t have to adapt to a new league because he’s already a proven performer for a top club here.
“So he should be able to hit the ground running because he won’t need loads of time to adapt like a player coming in for big money from a foreign club.
“He’s quick and he works hard and he has plenty of experience. He also has that guile that Arsenal sometimes lack. He could even play as a No 10.”
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