Journalist Romano claims Arsenal are ‘in talks’ with agents of £120,000-a-week attacker
The Gunners appear to be pursuing the services of yet another experienced Premier League star this summer, according to a claim by reputable journalist Fabrizio Romano.
After securing a trophy in his first season as Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta will now be preparing for a much better campaign next term by investing in the summer transfer window.
With playmaker Mesut Ozil facing more uncertainty over his future once again, the Gunners now appear to have turned their attention towards Chelsea star Willian.
The Brazilian, who is earning £120,000-a-week wages as per Metro, has resisted the opportunity to extend his contract at Stamford Bridge.
And according to reputable journalist Fabrizio Romano, Willian’s agents are in talks with Arsenal over a move to north London for the 32-year-old.
Willian has refused another bid from Chelsea to extend his contract until June 2022. Still no agreement. Arsenal are now in talks with his representatives to sign him as a free agent – no bids from Barcelona at the moment. 🇧🇷 #AFC #CFC #transfers
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 3, 2020
THE BOTTOM LINE
Following the sale of Alex Iwobi last summer, it has been clear this season that Arsenal are missing a left winger – which is certainly not what Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is, even though the Gabon star has somehow managed to remain prolific while playing in an unnatural position.
There is still a valid need for a creative spark both from the number 10 role as well as the flanks, and those are areas where William has experience playing in.
However, Arsenal’s recent track record of signings from rival clubs might not fill anyone with too much confidence about this potential signing.
Additions like Petr Cech, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and even David Luiz have proven to be regrettable decisions and with age clearly not on Willian’s side, Arteta cannot invest too much money in the Brazilian.
The only way signing Willian would make enough sense is if he would be on average wages (nothing exorbitant like Mkhitaryan was).
If that’s the case, then getting one or two years out of a fairly cheap yet highly experienced Premier League attacker would not be too bad of an idea.