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Willian’s Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season and talks over a contract extension has stalled due to the Brazilian demanding a three year contract.
According to Sky Sports expert Kaveh Solhekol, offering Willian a three year deal means an investment of £18million in wages and Chelsea aren’t willing to offer that much to a player who will be 32 in the summer.
Solhekol said in a Sky Sports transfer Q&A: “The situation with Willian is really difficult.
“His contract at Chelsea runs out at the end of June and he hasn’t signed a new deal.
“The problem is he’s going to be 32 in the summer and he wants a three-year contract. Chelsea are not going to give that to somebody who is over 30.
“Yes he’s been a great servant for them but if you add up his wages, he’s on about £120,000 a week, over three years – there’s an investment of £18m.
“Chelsea aren’t willing to make that kind of investment on a player who’s going to be 32 in August. What are the options for him?
“Clubs like Juventus and Barcelona are interested in signing him because of course, he is a free agent.
“Closer to home though, could he stay in the Premier League? He has options in the Premier League as well.
“I was speaking to his agent a few days ago Kia Joorabchian, who is actually an Arsenal supporter and he’s got a season ticket at the Emirates, I said, ‘Could you see him potentially moving to the Emirates?’
“Because of course, Joorabchian has excellent contacts with Arsenal as well. He represents Edu, the technical director there, he represents David Luiz, Cedric Soares.
“Joorabchian said to me, ‘Look anything is possible. The fact I’m an Arsenal supporter, that’s not going to have an impact on where Willian moves to next.'”