Willian ‘upset and offended’ by Chelsea as Arsenal transfer nears completion
Willian is said to be 'upset and offended' by Chelsea's limited attempts to keep him at the club.
The Brazilian forward is expected to seal a free transfer to London rivals Arsenal in the next week after spending seven years at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea were not willing to offer Willian the new three-year deal he was demanding as they stuck to their policy for players over the age of 30.
Instead they tabled a two-year contract but Willian – who turns 32 next week – has snubbed the offer.
According to ESPN, Willian feels Chelsea have showed a lack of desire to retain his services, hence his decision to seek pastures new.
Frank Lampard had been keen on keeping hold of his forward, who has scored 11 goals and provided eight assists this season.
But Willian missed out on a final swansong for the Blues as he was ruled out of last weekend's FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal, and is not likely to feature in the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich on Saturday.
He had garnered no shortage of interest in the past six months, with Inter Milan, Barcelona and David Beckham's MLS outfit Inter Miami all believed to have made enquiries.
Arsenal look to have tempted him to move across the capital to The Emirates though with a bumper £150,000-per-week deal over three years, with the option for a further year.
Mikel Arteta urged Gunners transfer chiefs to make a move for Willian as he wanted to add the player's experience to his young squad.
The opportunity to link up with compatriot Edu is also a key reason why Arsenal are favourites to land his signature, but the prime motive was his family's love of London.
His departure from Chelsea does free up funds on the wage bill, as club chiefs continue to work on a deal to sign Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.
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