Chelsea are likely to allow Willian to join a main Premier League rival this summer, according to Dennis Wise, who admits the midfielder “would be a wonderful fit for Arsenal”.
Willian has been a key member of Chelsea’s senior squad since being snapped up from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, racking up over 300 appearances for the club in all competitions.
41 of those have been made this season, with the Brazilian managing to contribute 10 goals and seven assists to the Blues’ cause from the middle of the park.
Willian has agreed a short-term contract extension which will see him remain at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season, which has only just resumed following a three-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
The 31-year-old has been offered the chance to sign a new two-year deal beyond that, but he is holding out for an extra year, and could end up walking away from the club as a free agent in August if no compromise is reached.
Although Wise would prefer to see Willian move abroad if he does leave the Bridge, he concedes that the experienced playmaker would be an ideal signing for Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal.
When asked to discuss the prospect of an influential figure joining either the Gunners or Manchester United, the ex-Blues midfielder told Stadium Astro: “Well, I wouldn’t want him to go to any of them, I’ve got to say because it’ll be competition for Chelsea. Go to Italy please, Willian. Go away.
“I think he’d be a good fit for anyone; Arsenal, I think he’d be a wonderful fit for them. That’s the sad thing about it, we’ll let him go to an opposition who wants to compete.
“We have to replace him with more, we have replaced him but we will [need] a lot more because we’ll be depending on only two when you want more.