Chelsea attacker Willian has told close pals that he’s turned down a big money offer from Inter Miami because he wants to sign for Arsenal.
The Brazilian is out of contract at Stamford Bridge and the board are yet to offer him the three-year deal he craves.
The 31-year-old has received a number of proposals across the world, including a lucrative one from MLS side Inter Miami.
However, according to the Mirror, the Brazilian has told close friends that he’s rejected a pay rise to move to Florida because he wants to join the Gunners.
Willian is settled in London and does not want to uproot his young family, which has played into the Gunners’ hands.
Arsenal are ready to give Willian a three-year contract on wages of £120,000-a-week, though the South American has asked for the option of a fourth year.
Willian’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, has good relations with Arsenal and is brokering the deal for the attacker’s move across London.
Once Willian is through the door, the Gunners will focus their efforts on signing Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.
The Ghanaian has a £45m xit clause in his contract but Arsenal are unwilling to activate it, as they would prefer to agree a lower price and to include Matteo Guendouzi in a deal.
Thomas is keen on a move to London but Los Rojiblancos are desperate for him to sign a new deal in order to remove the buy-out clause in his contract.