Arsenal must relieve Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Roma before they can complete the deal for Chelsea’s Willian with Brazilian sides closer to moving
- Arsenal are in talks with Chelsea winger Willian about a three-year contract
- Gunnersen wants to make the Brazilians their first summer signature on a free
- But Arsenal must relieve the borrower Henrikh Mkhitaryan before signing Wililan
- Armenia is on loan from Roma and is in preparatory talks to extend its stay
Arsenal must be relieved of loan winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan if they want to complete a deal for Chelsea winger Willian in the coming weeks, according to reports.
The Gunners have been strongly linked with a deal for Willian, who will leave Stamford Bridge when their Champions League promotion ends later this month.
Arsenal are prepared to offer the Brazilian winger a three-year deal at the Emirates Stadium, while Chelsea are only prepared to offer the 31-year-old a two-year deal.
Arsenal must relieve Henrikh Mkhitaryan before they can sign Willian on a free transfer
The Gunners are in talks with the Chelsea winger (above) under a three-year contract
But according to The Sun, the Gunners will have to wait until Mkhitaryan has been charged with a preliminary deal with the Roma to extend his current loan deal there.
Armenia are on a 2.5 million pound loan on the Serie A side and have impressed for Giallorossi this season.
Mkhitaryan, also 31, has nine goals in 20 league appearances and the Roma have begun proceedings to take him on a new season, which would take him to the end of his Arsenal deal.
But Mkhitaryan has a £ 180,000-a-week contract with the Gunners and the club in north London want him out of the payroll as soon as possible so they can move on to other goals.
Armenia has played the lead role for the Roma and has begun preliminary talks to extend its stay
Several reports say Arteta is desperate to get Willian in an Arsenal shirt, after a promising season at Stamford Bridge last semester.
The Brazilian has 11 goals in 47 appearances for Frank Lampard and other major European clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United have asked about his availability.
But Sportsmail understands that the Chelsea man prefers to stay in London, with technical manager Edu who is influential in the negotiations with the player.
Arteta has until October 5 to complete its transfer activity in north London before the transfer window closes, although the new Premier League season begins on September 12.