Arsenal keep a close eye on No.10 South American forward

Gunners legend Charlie Nicholas has expressed his concern about the potential free transfer swoop for Chelsea star Willian Borges. The 31-year-old winger is ready to become a free agent as his deal with Blues comes to an end, with the move to Arsenal could be officially announced soon.

Gunners have just won the FA Cup final but will still no doubt feel the 2019/20 campaign was a disappointing one, with the club finishing 8th in the PL table, their lowest finish in 25 years. Additions are clearly needed this summer, and Brazil international has proven himself to be a top talent at this level after years of great service for the Blues.

Ex-Gunner Charlie, however, is worried that Willian will block the progress of young forwards like Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson and Gabriel Martinelli if he links up with the London club.

Charlie does see some sense in pouncing for the footballer on a free, however: “In terms of Willian, he’s a free agent so you can get him on the cheap, you give him a big salary and say: ‘Right, are you good enough?’

“This guy is a quality player, I don’t deny that but his age… and I look at people like Nelson, like Saka that want to come into the team and do well and Martinelli when he comes back will be a centre-forward so I don’t really see where the purchase makes sense to Arsenal.”

“Willian as a free agent? Yeah, I can get one that because you want to build up a big squad and I expect Arsenal to offload maybe seven or eight players and it could be more.”