Arsenal hope to confirm free signing of Chelsea ace Willian ‘in coming days’

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Arsenal are hoping to confirm the signing of Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea in the coming days, according to reports.

The Blues winger is set to end his seven-year stint in west London and join the Gunners after failing to agree a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

Willian has been pushing for a new three-year extension to his contract at Chelsea – something Blues chiefs are reluctant to offer with only a two-year offer on the table.

And according to the Brazilian edition of ESPN, Arsenal have beaten the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United to seal the signing of the 31-year-old, with the deal set to be announced ‘in the coming days’.

It is understood Willian will sign a three-year deal at the Emirates, with the option for a further year to be added in to his contract.

Mikel Arteta is scouring the market for cheap attackers this summer and is also considering a loan move for Barcelona outcast Philippe Coutinho as he prepares for his first full season in charge at the Emirates.

The 28-year-old former Liverpool midfielder continues to be linked with a Premier League return and according to his agent it is now a real possibility.

However, a stumbling block in any proposed deal could come in the shape of the Brazilian’s mammoth £240,000-a-week wages.

Returning to Willian, Lampard remained coy on whether he would sign a new deal at Chelsea following the club’s 2-1 defeat to the Gunners in the FA Cup final last weekend.

He said: “It is his decision, I haven’t got that answer. I know the situation at the club’s end.

“I have a great relationship with Willian, but I don’t actually know what the decision is.

“If that happens over the next whatever days, as he said, then that would be good for me in either way.

“Of course, I am very happy with Willian. He has been brilliant for me this season with his input and work ethic, within the squad.”

The Brazil ace, who missed the Cup final with an injury, may have now played his last game for Chelsea – despite the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie vs Bayern Munich to be played on Saturday.

Willian has been a crucial member of Chelsea’s squad since joining the club for £30m in 2013 from Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring 37 goals in 234 Premier League appearances and helping the club to two league titles and triumphs in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League.

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