Arsenal are unlikely to go forward with a deal for Chelsea star Willian unless the Brazilian lowers his wage demands. The winger is set to end his seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge this summer after talks over a new deal ended following months of unsuccessful negotiations. Willian wants a two or three-year deal in west London but the Blues are only willing to hand him a rolling 12-month extension. The Brazilian is happy in London and with his family settled in the capital, his representatives suggested the idea of a move to Arsenal.
His agent, Kia Joorabchian, has good relations with the Gunners after negotiating Edu’s return to the Emirates and helping David Luiz make the same move that Willian could make last summer.
However, despite the fact that Willian could sign on a free transfer, Arsenal are said to be shocked at his wage demands. The Brazilian wants a three-year deal, which would take him to the age of 34 by the end of the contract. And Willian wants to maintain his current salary of £120,000-a-week for the duration of his stay at the Emirates, which would amount to £18.7m over his three years in north London.
Mikel Arteta was already resigned to a difficult summer before the coronavirus crisis hit but the club are looking at a particularly bleak window as the pandemic hits football clubs across the world. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to be sold with the club seeking around £30m for the Gabon ace. That could help finance a move for Willian but he’ll likely need to lower his wage demands before negotiations can continue.