The Chelsea star yet to reach an agreement with Chelsea over signing a new deal because of his demands for a three-year extension and is visible to leave after the second leg of the last-16 Champions League tie against Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Although the winger is expected to delay a decision on his future until after that game, the chances of a breakthrough in negotiations with Chelsea are receding, boosting Arsenal’s hopes of signing the 31-year-old.
His present club coach, Frank Lampard has announced he wants to keep Willian, even though Chelsea have strengthened their attack with the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech and remain in talks with Bayer Leverkusen over Kai Havertz.
Nonetheless, Chelsea’s board do not want to hand a three-year deal to the Brazil international, who missed his side’s defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup final with an Achilles injury.
Kia Joorabchian, Willian’s agent, claimed last week that his client had offers from five clubs – two in the Premier League, two in Europe and one in Major League Soccer.
It is understood Barcelona are a highly unlikely destination despite recent reports linking them with the player.
Willian is settled in London and has been targeted by Arsenal, who are willing to offer a three-year deal and have Europa League football.
Lampard’s hunt for defensive reinforcements is likely to depend on Chelsea making space in their squad.