Arsenal set to miss out on Willian as Tottenham lead race to sign Chelsea winger

Willian of Chelsea FC
Willian has flirted with a move to north London before (Picture: Getty Images)

Tottenham are in pole position to land Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer in the summer as Arsenal look likely to miss out, according to reports.

The Brazil international is out of contract at the end of the season, and is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal to stay at Stamford Bridge.

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Tottenham is his most likely destination, where the winger will link up with his former boss Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho of Tottenham Hotspur FC
Mourinho has had a rocky start to his tenure at Spurs (Picture: Getty Images)

The Portuguese signed Willian from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala when he was Chelsea manager in 2013.

Barcelona have been long-term admirers of the 31-year-old, but they have already filled their quota of non-EU players, with Brazilian midfielder Arthur and Chilean Arturo Vidal.

The report states their priorities in the summer transfer window are bringing back Neymar from PSG, and Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

Arsenal have reportedly set an asking price of £50million for the sale of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Barcelona the most likely buyers.

If the Catalan club fail to land their number one choice Lautaro Martinez, they see the Gabon international as a cheaper alternative, according to Sport.

Quique Setien’s side have already stated their interest in Arsenal’s top scorer, but couldn’t push through a deal in the January window.

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