Chelsea star Willian has reportedly agreed a three-year contract worth £100,000 per week with Arsenal.
The 31-year-old was locked in talks over fresh terms to remain at Stamford Bridge, but has chosen to move on after Chelsea refused to offer him the long-term deal he had demanded. Two years were on the table but the player wanted three.
Frank Lampard was keen to retain Willian and extend his seven-year spell in West London, but Arsenal have stepped in to seal the deal on a free transfer.
ESPN have reported that the switch is expected to be officially announced by both parties later this month.
Blues boss Lampard is even said to have appealed to Chelsea’s hierarchy directly to bring an end to the impasse surrounding Willian’s renewal, but his pleas seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
Kia Joorabchian, Willian’s representative, recently claimed that five clubs were competing to snap up the winger in a bargain deal.
Willian won two league titles, the FA Cup, the EFL Cup and the Europa League at Chelsea. And the former Anzhi Makhachkala wideman will once again be playing in the same European competition next season after Arsenal won the FA Cup.