Arsenal have offered Willian a huge contract, for a player that is – maybe at best – a luxury. How can you square that with redundancies, especially for employees on wages of around £40k a week.
Joining the rejuvenated hand of Mikel Arteta and the opportunity to work alongside fellow Brazilian Edu are the reasons why Arsenal is favourite to win the signature of Willian.
The Gunners have made Willian a formal three-year contract offer, albeit far short of the terms that Barcelona and Inter Miami have received.
Despite wanting the 31-year-old to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have refused to offer more than a further two years – and the chances of him being a Chelsea player when the new season begins in five weeks now look remote.
Frank Lampard has admitted his side need to improve defensively, but that Chelsea would need to sell before they can buy, having already spent big in the attacking areas by bringing in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
Willian made 47 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions and finished the season in fine form with four Premier League goals after the restart.