Arsenal most likely destination for Chelsea's Willian

Ross Houston
August 6, 2020

It's not made clear in the report whether it will be a loan or a permanent transfer but the Spanish outlet does confirm that Barcelona are desperate to offload Coutinho this summer and Arsenal are working hard to get a deal agreed.

"With Arsenal, we're led to believe a formal offer will be coming imminently, of a three-year contract and that Willian is most inclined to take that", he said, speaking on the Ornstein and Chapman podcast, as reported by talkSPORT.

"We do not make these proposals lightly and have looked at every aspect of the club and our expenditure before reaching this point".

Not many players in recent memory have quite polarized opinions as much as Willian has during his seven-year stay at Chelsea.


Other clubs including Inter Miami and Barcelona have also reportedly offered the Brazilian deals, but the length of the contract on the table from Arsenal has put them at the front of the queue.

Coutinho spent this season on loan at Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and the Bavarians had an option to sign him permanently.

There is also the potential question mark over whether the 31-year-old will want to face Bayern and risk suffering another injury after seeing Pedro Rodriguez damage his shoulder during his final appearance for the Blues.

Coutinho had been linked to Arsenal and could act as a replacement for the out-of-favour Mesut Ozil to become the team's new chief creator.


So it looks like Arsenal are closing-in on two exciting signings as the South American duo would add a huge amount of experience and quality to their attack if Arteta could get these two deals over the line.

The news will come as a shock to many following this afternoon's statement from Managing Director Vinai Venkatesham and Head of Football Raul Sanllehi.

"We know this is upsetting and hard for our dedicated staff and our focus is on managing this as sensitively as possible".

"These proposed changes are ultimately about ensuring we take this great football club forward, creating the right organisation for a post-Covid world, and ensuring we have the resources to return to competing effectively at the top of the game here and in Europe".


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