Arsenal move into pole position to sign Willian as he rejects Chelsea extension again

Arsenal are understood to be in pole position to sign Willian from Chelsea this summer after he refused another new deal with the Blues.

The Brazilian winger is now out of contract at Stamford Bridge, and will be available on a free transfer to interested parties.

Willian missed the FA Cup final over the weekend after picking up a knock, and appears to have played his last game for the club.

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the west London club offered him a two-year extension, having already been knocked back once.

But Willian and his representatives turned down the deal, meaning he will look elsewhere.

Chelsea star Willian is now out of contract with the club
(Image: 2020 Marc Atkins)
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Nicolo Schira claims that Arsenal look set to be his next destination, and that his agent Kia Joorabchian is in advanced talks with sporting director Edu.

Joorabchian negotiated a contract extension for David Luiz with the Gunners recently, and is thought to be on good terms with the club.

Willian is understood to be keen on a move to the Emirates Stadium, and Arsenal have reportedly made an approach for the Brazil international.

Willian is said to be after a three-year deal, but the club only offered two years
(Image: 2020 Pool)

Barcelona have made no offers as things stand.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard admitted after losing the cup final that the power was in Willian’s hands when it came down to his future.

“It is his decision, I haven’t got that answer,” Lampard said. “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.

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