Willian’s new-club Revealed as Arsenal links-persist

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Willian's new-club Revealed as Arsenal links-persist
Willian's new-club Revealed as Arsenal links-persist

Willian’s new-club Revealed as Arsenal links-persist

Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchian claims he already knows which club the Brazilian will join following his departure from Chelsea, with persistent reports suggesting he is Arsenal-bound.

The 32-year-old winger became a free agent on Sunday when his Chelsea contract expired – the two parties unable to come to an agreement on fresh terms.

Chelsea were reported to have offered him a new two-year deal, but media speculation claims Willian was hoping for an extra 12 months.

Willian’s new-club Revealed as Arsenal links-persist

The Brazil international had never made a secret of his desire to remain in London regardless of staying at Chelsea, and Arsenal have been linked as a potential destination for many months.

Confirmation of a move to Arsenal is said to be close, as it is even claimed he has undergone a medical, though Joorabchian kept his cards close to his chest when discussing Willian on Thursday.

“He is a free player. He had a fantastic seven years at Chelsea,” he said during an appearance on TalkSPORT.

Willian’s new-club Revealed as Arsenal links-persist

“He has played under different managers and has won multiple trophies. He had a fantastic relationship with Frank [Lampard] and he respected Frank a lot.

“Just like every cycle, I think that a certain cycle has come to a point where it’s a sincere moment to leave.

“At this point , only for now, I cannot say where he’s going to. It won’t take long to announce his new club. We are aware of where he is going.”

Joorabchian’s relationship with Arsenal has come under scrutiny particularly in the past year, with the highly influential agent seen in the directors’ box at their Emirates Stadium and having played a role in several of their transfer dealings.

Willian’s new-club Revealed as Arsenal links-persist

Additionally, Joorabchian has also taken to speaking openly about Arsenal’s recruitment policies, and he did so again, this time taking aim at former sporting director Sven Mislintat, who left in February 2019.

“People ditch the previous guy, Sven,” he said. “He made a point of, I never intended to use the word, but, c***-ups with players he influences at very, very huge numbers.”

One player Joorabchian insists he is not taking to Arsenal is Joelson Fernandes, however. The young Sporting CP winger has reportedly attracted interest from the Gunners, but the agent dismissed those links.

Willian’s new-club Revealed as Arsenal links-persist

“He may be a young exceptional talent, but we’ve not at any point ever had a conversation with him about Arsenal,” Joorabchian continued.

“I have actually seen 25 articles about him and Arsenal. It is quite false because Arsenal have never even talked about him. We haven’t even mentioned him to Arsenal.”

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