Arsenal are set to complete a deal for Willian this week after the Brazil international completed a medical at the Emirates on Monday.
The winger announced his exit from Chelsea on Sunday by releasing a statement confirming his exit after seven years at the Stamford Bridge.
Willian wanted a three-year contract to extend his stay with the Blues but Chelsea refused to meet his demands and stuck to their two-year offer for him.
Willian then decided to leave and Arsenal were more than willing to offer him the three-year deal he craves, but it is less than his £120,000-per-week salary that the blues were offering him.
According to the Evening Standard, The free agent underwent his medical at the Emirates this morning ahead of completing his move to the club.
He will become Arsenal’s first signing of the summer as Mikel Arteta looks to revamp his squad.
A number of players are up for sale at the club this summer window, which includes Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding, Mesut Ozil, Guendouzi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
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Arteta has been told by the gunners that he needs to sell before he can buy, hence the move to sign Willian on a free transfer.
Arsenal are willing to compensate Ozil for getting him off the wage bill as the German midfielder is currently the club’s highest earner by huge margin, on a weekly salary of £350,000-a-week.
According to The Telegraph, Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta, made a special request to the board and asked them to sign Willian, despite his age.