Arsenal target and Chelsea star Willian offered to Barcelona ahead of free transfer

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Willian of Chelsea FC during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on March 03, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)
Willian appears set to leave Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Barcelona have been offered the chance to sign Willian on a free transfer this summer, reports say.

The Chelsea attacker is set to become a free agent and recently confirmed he had stopped speaking to the Blues about extending his contract.

Arsenal and Tottenham have been tracking Willian with the view to a free transfer.

Willian had hoped to stay on at Chelsea, but the club have a strict policy about offering long-term deals to players over the age of 30.

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The Brazilian had asked for a three-year deal and his agent has now begun the search for a new club following Chelsea’s refusal to meet Willian’s demands.

Spanish outlet Sport claim Willian’s long-term suitors Barcelona have been approached about signing him.

But Willian’s age and wage demands have put Barcelona off, as the 31-year-old wants a three-year contract.

Barcelona repeatedly tried to sign Willian in the last two years, but now they are prioritising younger targets who won’t command such a big salary.

Willian celebrates scoring a goal for Chelsea
Willian has been at Chelsea since 2013 (Picture: Getty)

The news will boost Willian’s chances of remaining in the Premier League as Tottenham and Arsenal battle to secure his signature.

Willian was on the verge of signing for Tottenham in 2013 before Chelsea suddenly hijacked the deal at the last minute.

Jose Mourinho coached Willian while he was at Chelsea and the Spurs boss remains a big fan of the forward.

Willian may be forced to stay on at Chelsea beyond the end of his contract, which expires in June, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Premier League season has been indefinitely extended and FIFA are expected to endorse plans to see players contracts reflect the new timeframe for the campaign.

Willian has already said he was eager to help Chelsea see out the season, but confirmed last week efforts to agree a new deal had broken down.

‘With Chelsea, it’s over,’ Willian told Expediente Futebol.

‘Everyone knows my contract ends in a few months. A renewal is difficult.’

He added: ‘Chelsea proposed two extra years and I wanted three. We’re not talking anymore. There won’t be a negotiation.’

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