Martin Keown rates Arsenal’s chances of signing ‘incredible’ Chelsea star Willian

Martin Keown doubts Arsenal will sign Chelsea star Willian this summer
Martin Keown doubts Arsenal will sign Chelsea star Willian this summer (Picture: BBC)

Martin Keown doubts Arsenal will sign ‘incredible talent’ Willian this summer and believes the Chelsea star will instead be looking to join Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Brazilian winger Willian, who has won two Premier League titles and the Europa League at Chelsea, is set to leave Stamford Bridge and will be available to sign on a free transfer.

Arsenal have expressed interest in signing the 31-year-old, with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta keen to bolster his squad at the Emirates.

But former Arsenal and England defender Keown cannot see Willian signing for the Gunners and believes Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will make a late intervention to try and make the Brazilian stay.

‘I don’t see him going to Arsenal,’ Keown told talkSPORT. ‘I think he’s aiming for Barcelona or Real Madrid.

‘He’s an incredible talent. Chelsea will be weaker if he goes but Frank Lampard knows what he’s doing. I’m sure he wants to keep him.’

Willian has made more than 300 appearances for Chelsea since signing from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 but will be out of contract in a few months time.

Willian looks set to leave Stamford Bridge
Willian looks set to leave Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)

Speaking earlier this week, he admitted he could leave Stamford Bridge this summer and said he would be ‘fine’ joining London rivals Arsenal or Tottenham.

‘It really is a hard decision,’ said the winger. ‘I identified myself a lot at Chelsea, I have a lot of love for everyone at the club, and the fans.

‘However, it is like I said before, if I leave Chelsea with no trouble and leaving the doors open, it would be fine to move to a rival club.’

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