Willian is out of contract at the end of the season (Picture: getty)

Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign Chelsea winger Willian on a pre-contract agreement.

The Brazilian is out of contract at the end of the season and negotiations over a new deal at Stamford Bridge came to an end last month.

Chelsea are keen to keep Willian but he wants a longer deal than the 12-month extension the Blues are offering.

Willian is happy in London, describing the capital as his ‘home’. That has alerted Arsenal, who are searching for bargains this summer due to the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Willian is free to sign a pre-contract agreement (Picture: Getty)

According to ESPN’s Jorge Nicola, Willian’s representatives believe Arsenal are the most viable destination for the winger and have put the Gunners at the top of their list of interested clubs.

Willian’s been linked to the likes of Liverpool, Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain but joining Arsenal would afford him the chance to stay in London.

‘Arsenal are a little ahead today, but everything is still open,’ said Nicola.

‘Especially because the pandemic affected the entire financial reality of football in the world.’

It’s claimed Willian’s close friendship with David Luiz could be a deciding factor in the winger’s decision, while the Gunners would also be willing to hand the winger a two or three year deal.

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