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Willian ‘tells friends’ he wants Arsenal transfer from Chelsea with winger nearing free move to London rivals

ARSENAL are in pole position to sign Willian with the Chelsea winger reportedly telling friends he wants to become a Gooner.

Barcelona and Inter Miami are said to be competing with the North London club for Willian, who also has a contract extension on the table from Chelsea.

An agreement with the Blues has not been ruled out yet the Brazilian's priority is securing a three-year deal.

Out of contract at the end of the month, Willian has now informed friends of his preference to move.

The Mirror believe Arsenal to be the 31-year-old's preferred destination, as it will also keep his family settled in the capital.

David Beckham's new MLS club Inter are thought to have offered the winger the highest salary, on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Likewise, the Gunners want Willian on a three-year contract with his agent Kia Joorabchian understood to hold a strong working relationship with the club.

While trying to hold onto Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, Mikel Arteta's side are hardly flushed with cash.

A statement on Wednesday announced 55 redundancies across the club staff, reportedly including members of the scouting department.

And Arsenal may have to move Henrikh Mkhitaryan on before confirming the capture of free agent Willian - expected to earn £150,000-a-week.

Joorabchian claimed last month that as many as five teams have made proposals to the player's camp.

Chelsea are reportedly among them, but only on a two-year basis.

The agent told talkSPORT: "We had big offers – one from MLS which required him to move on July 1 – but he’s always wanted to finish the season at Chelsea and the day after the season has finished he would decide.

"He has two concrete offers from Premier League clubs on the table, an offer from an MLS club, and two other offers from Europe.

"He is going to make his decision after the last game of the season.”

Willian missed the FA Cup final through injury and is a doubt for Saturday's Champions League trip to Bayern Munich.

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