Arsenal is the ‘most likely destination’ for Willian if he fails to agree a new contract with Chelsea.
The Gunners want to get his signature on a three-year deal when his Chelsea deal expires this month.
So, Arsenal offered Willian the contract to beat off Real Madrid and Barcelona interest.
Besides, Willian wants to join the rejuvenated Arsenal side under Mikel Arteta.
He also seeks a chance to work with fellow Brazilian Edu.
These are reason the Gunners are favorites to secure his signature.
Chelsea wants Willian, who turns 32 on Sunday, to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.
But, the Blues have refused to offer him more than a further two years. So, his chances of remaining at Chelsea looks remote.
Frank Lampard has admitted his side need to improve defensively. But Chelsea needs to sell before they can buy.
The Blues have already spent big in the attacking areas. They brought in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
Willian made 47 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions. In addition, he finished the season in fine form, with four Premier League goals after the restart.
The four goals took his tally for the season to nine:
“Willian wants one big final contract – ideally a three-year deal to take him to 35. Chelsea would like to keep him, though they’re not going to offer him three years.
“At the moment, it looks like Arsenal is his most likely destination but he is a free agent and at his age, realistically, you’re likely to go where there is the most money and longest contract on offer.
“He’s got a great injury record so his agent will be saying, ‘Don’t worry about his fitness’,” Sky Sports quoted a source as saying.