Willian is on his way out of Chelsea this summer, and the Brazilian winger’s love for London means he will likely end up with Arsenal or Spurs.
There are 2 sides to Chelsea’s long-serving Brazilian winger Willian. On one side, he is a fantastic player that has been a mainstay in the Blues team for 7 years now. He has been there for all the big moments, often playing understudy to the brilliant Eden Hazard while also playing out of his skin himself.
On the other hand, there’s the Willian that has only scored 33 Premier League goals in 233 appearances – a shockingly poor total for an attacking player that has been playing alongside the likes of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard.
This failure to put up good numbers has held back Willian’s career, and at 31-years-old, there isn’t much hope for improvement in that department. Despite this, he is an extremely useful player, highlighted by his consistency in the team despite going through multiple different managers during his time at Stamford Bridge. Each and every one of them valued him in some way, shape, or form, and he won 2 titles with the club as well.
Willian’s time with Chelsea is over, however, as his contract expires this summer and the Blues are looking towards a more youth-oriented look under new manager Frank Lampard.
The Brazilian has stated his love for the city of London many times, making it seem very likely that he would prefer to stick around, albeit with another club.
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This brings Arsenal and Spurs into the fray, as they are the only other London clubs who would match Willian’s level of play. With COVID-19 damaging finances all across the footballing world, getting a player like Willian on a free transfer could really save either of these clubs some money over the next couple of years.
He still has a lot to offer, and Jose Mourinho has reportedly already reached out to his former player to get him to join Spurs. BeIN Sports has even gone far enough to say that a deal is already set in stone for him to move to Spurs, although this could very well be off the mark.
Arsenal have been linked with Willian for quite some time now, and some of the more recent rumors have emerged over the last month or so, but with Nicolas Pepe manning the right flank already, and the likes of Martinelli, Saka, and Nelson rising quickly and powerfully, Willian might not be a priority for the Gunners.
If I was to make an educated guess, I would expect to see Willian at Spurs for the 2020-21 season. His strong history with Jose Mourinho, whom he confirmed he still keeps in touch with, will probably be the deciding factor.