News has it that former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has weighed in on the speculation surrounding Willian’s future at Stamford Bridge
A reunion with Jose Mourinho could be scheduled for Willian this summer, according to Bent, who says the Chelsea star is better suited for Tottenham than Arsenal.
Willian will become a free agent at the end of the season unless he agrees to renew his contract with the Blues.
The 31-year-old reportedly wants to commit his future with Chelsea till 2024, but the club are only willing to give him two more years at Stamford Bridge.
The South American attacking midfielder’s agent Kia Joorabchian, has revealed that two Premier League clubs have already submitted offers for his client and that he is also wanted for a possible move to MLS.
Spurs and Arsenal were the two most closely linked clubs with the Brazil international this year, while Manchester United were also credited with an interest in his performances.
Bent believes the Gunners have plenty of depth in the attacking zones already, but he can see Willian squeezing perfectly into Mourinho's starting eleven at Tottenham Hotspur.
Mourinho was the man who convinced the midfielder to join the Stamford Bridge side from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, and the former Spurs forward wouldn't be surprised if the pair reconnects next month.
Speaking to talkSPORT as cited by Sports Central, Bent said: “I think Spurs would be in for him with the whole Mourinho factor, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Arsenal were interested – they want all of Chelsea’s leftovers… this is one I’d actually take, though! “But, you look at Arsenal’s front line and they’ve got Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Bukayo Saka… there are quite a few there so he might not suit Arsenal. “He might not get as much game time and signing him could also stunt the growth of a player like Martinelli. “But as far as Spurs, he’d fit right in there. “Their right-hand side has been a problem, they’ve tried Steven Bergwijn and they’re tried Lucas Moura out there and its hasn’t quite worked. “But if you now go Willian, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, that changes the whole dynamic of that team going forward.
Bent, however, insisted Chelsea would be making a mistake in allowing Willian to join a main title contender, and felt the Brazilian still has a lot to offer despite nearing towards the twilight years of his career.
He added: “If I was Chelsea I’d give Willian a three-year contract. What’s the issue? “And why would you want one of your best players, who is playing very, very well at the minute and doesn’t look like he’s slowing down, to play for one of your rivals? “He’s playing as well as anybody right now, so why would you want him to walk out the door for nothing and go and make your rivals stronger? I don’t understand that. “I’d give him the three years.