Willian to join Arsenal ‘this weekend’ as transfer business gets underway
Willian is set to complete a move to Arsenal this weekend, according to the Daily Mail.
The Brazilian has left Chelsea and looks set to put pen to paper on a long-term deal with their Premier League rivals.
It is understood he will put pen to paper on a three-year deal worth £150,000-a-week and it now seems the deal will be completed imminently.
Willian's agent, Kia Joorabchian appeared to confirm an Arsenal move was on the cards on talkSPORT, saying: "It won't be long before we announce it. We know where he is going."
Joorabchian's other client, Philippe Coutinho, was linked with the Gunners but that move looks unlikely as Mikel Arteta works on a budget.
Willian will come as a cheaper option than his international team-mate – and former captain Martin Keown recently told Mirror Sport that the Gunners have made the right decision.
"Coutinho has been linked with virtually everybody and seems, if I am honest, a bit unsettled," said Keown.
"I think Willian is a safer bet. He's in the capital, he knows the Premier League very well and he's a top performer. I think it's a huge loss for Chelsea."
On Willian, he added: "I think that's a fantastic bit of business. I have always been a real admirer of Willian.
"When I saw what he has been doing this year at Chelsea with his free-kicks and penalties, he's so reliable.
"He has had his misfortunes with [Eden] Hazard being there. Sometimes he has had to play second-fiddle. Now he is fighting for a place with [Christian] Pulisic.
"I know there is a discussion over two or three years [contract], but I think he would be a really good acquisition for Arsenal.
"He comes in with a wealth of experience and I like his work ethic.
"He is someone who will always give you 100 per cent and the right type of player to go into what is a really young Arsenal dressing room."
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