Reports this afternoon suggest that Willian has turned down a two year contract offer from Chelsea, sparking increased speculation about the possibility of him joining Arsenal.
He has been linked with the Gunners for some time now, not least because of the strong links between his agent Kia Joorabchian, and our Head of Football Raul Sanllehi, and Technical Director Edu.
David Luiz and Cedric Soares are clients of his already at the club, and Willian’s availability on a free transfer from our London rivals makes this a convenient deal given those relationships.
The question is: is it a wise move? While the Brazilian is certainly a good player, he turns 32 next week, and would command a hefty salary, plus signing on fee, plus intermediary fees.
With the club already struggling to shift players on big wages, is it the best use of limited resources to pour big money into someone with no resale value whatsoever, and who is holding out for a three year contract?
He could potentially have a short-term impact, but what happens if, in 12-18 months time, the sands of time catch up with him and we have another player we are going to struggle to part ways with? It’s a situation Arsenal have had to deal with too often, and an inability or unwillingness to learn from previous, or even ongoing scenarios, is a bit of a worry.
Arsenal have also been linked heavily with a move for another Joorabchian client, Philippe Coutinho, a player who cost Bayern Munich over €20m in fees and wages for a season long loan deal from Barcelona.
Arseblog News understands that discussions between all parties are almost complete, with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard resigned to the fact Willian will be leaving Stamford Bridge.
Willian missed the FA Cup final on Saturday due to injury. Arsenal won it 2-1, and Olivier Giroud screamed.
Our Poo-O-Meter is in action, and sees this one as a distinct possibility.