Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has put the ball in Willian’s court regarding an extension.
The Brazilian winger Willian is edging closer to leaving Chelsea on a free transfer after rejecting the club’s latest attempts to persuade him to sign a new two-year deal.
Willian has a two years offer from Chelsea, and report says the 31-year-old wanted a three-year deal in previous discussions with the club. Although Willian is expected to delay a decision on his future until after the second leg of the last-16 Champions League tie against Bayern Munich on Saturday, the chances of a breakthrough in negotiations with Chelsea are slim, boosting Arsenal’s hopes of signing the 31-year-old.
Chelsea have recently upped their one-year contract policy for players over 30 to two years, but are unwilling to push that again to three for the Brazil international.
Willian is aiming to recover from his Achilles problem which caused him to miss the FA Cup final against Arsenal, amid offers from five clubs.
Kia Joorabchian, Willian’s agent, claimed last week that his client had offers from five clubs – two in the Premier League, two in Europe and one in Major League Soccer.
It is understood Barcelona are a highly unlikely destination despite recent reports linking them with the player. Willian is settled in London and has been targeted by Arsenal, who are willing to offer a three-year deal and have Europa League football to offer.
The MLS club is understood to be Inter Miami, but Arsenal are thought to be the front runners due to Willian’s desire to remain in London and play at the highest possible level.
Willian is known for his speed, work ethic and shooting skills.
He also has the ability to play on both wings although he has been used more often this season on the right-wing. It appears to be seen where Willian ends up playing next season.