Chelsea make breakthrough over new Willian contract

Chelsea are increasingly confident of agreeing a new contract with Willian by the end of the week, according to reports.

The 31-year-old agreed a short-term deal to stay for the remainder of the delayed Premier League season but his contract with Chelsea is due to expire this summer.

Willian has been holding out for a three-year deal from Chelsea but the club are only willing to offer a contract for the next two years.

Arsenal, meanwhile, reportedly offered Willian a deal worth £250,000 a week earlier this year but were forced to reconsider due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Sky Sports now report that Chelsea have made a breakthrough in negotiations and are hopeful that a deal could be finalised by the end of the week.

The report claims that Barcelona, Manchester United and MLS side Inter Miami are also keeping tabs on Willian’s situation.

The Brazil international has been one of Chelsea’s standout performers this season and played a key role in helping Frank Lampard’s side secure a place in next season’s Champions League.

And Lampard has already made it clear that he would be keen for Willian to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.

‘When you think of Willian and his situation, the impact he is having in all the games at the minute with his speed and how he controls the ball and his quality which we all see in every game, I am so pleased with him,’ Lampard said earlier this month.

‘He has been brilliant for us with both of those things and Willian deserves huge credit.’

Willian, meanwhile, missed Chelsea’s final game of the Premier League season due to injury.

Goals from Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud secured a 2-0 victory over Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

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