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Chelsea make breakthrough over new Willian contract

Willian is reportedly close to signing a new deal with Chelsea (Getty Images)

Chelsea are increasingly confident of agreeing a new contract with Willian by the end of the week, according to reports.

The 31-year-old agreed a short-term deal to stay for the remainder of the delayed Premier League season but his contract with Chelsea is due to expire this summer.

Willian has been holding out for a three-year deal from Chelsea but the club are only willing to offer a contract for the next two years.

Arsenal, meanwhile, reportedly offered Willian a deal worth £250,000 a week earlier this year but were forced to reconsider due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Sky Sports now report that Chelsea have made a breakthrough in negotiations and are hopeful that a deal could be finalised by the end of the week.

The report claims that Barcelona, Manchester United and MLS side Inter Miami are also keeping tabs on Willian’s situation.

Frank Lampard is keen for Willian to remain at Chelsea (AFP via Getty Images)

The Brazil international has been one of Chelsea’s standout performers this season and played a key role in helping Frank Lampard’s side…