Arsenal have signed Brazilian international Willian on a free transfer following the winger’s exit from Chelsea.
The Gunners have beaten off competition from Barcelona and Inter Miami to sign the 32-year-old on a three-year deal worth around £100,000-a-week.
Willian’s preference was to remain at Stamford Bridge, but long negotiations over a new contract broke down as Willian was looking for a three-year commitment and Chelsea were only willing to offer two.
Speaking on his first summer signing, Mikel Arteta said “I believe he’s a player that can really make a difference for us,” he added “we have been monitoring him for the past few months, we had a clear intention to strengthen in the attacking midfielder and the winger positions [and] he is a player that gives us a lot of versatility, he can play in three or four different positions.”
Willian whose contract with Chelsea expired after their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich made 47 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions last season and finished in fine form, with four Premier League goals after the restart taking his tally for the season to nine.
AFN Awaits World Athletics Decision After Appeal Court Ruling
World Athletics is expected to rule on whether Ibrahim Gusau remains the president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.
On Friday, the court had dismissed an appeal filed by the ministry of youth and sports development.
The AFN had been in crisis after the wing of the federation led by Gusau declared autonomy from the sports ministry last December.
Another faction led by Gusau’s vice president, Olamide George, suspended him as president.
Frank de Boer Replaces Ronald Koeman As Netherlands Coach
Frank de Boer has been given a two-year contract as Netherlands head coach to replace Ronald Koeman.
Frank de Boer won 112 caps and played at two world cups for the Netherlands.
Former defender de Boer, who also played for Barcelona and ajax, won a record four successive Dutch league titles as coach of ajax between 2011 and 2014.
Barcelona Agree To Sell Striker Luis Suárez To Atlético Madrid
Barcelona have agreed to let striker Luis Suarez join La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.
The Uruguayan agreed terms on a reduced salary with atletico after a move to Juventus fell through because of passport issues.
Reports say Barcelona chairman Josep Maria Bartomeu blocked the deal because he did not wish to sell to a Spanish rival.
But, after meeting with Suarez’s representatives, the Catalan club backed down, with the striker threatening to air his grievances to the media.
Suarez will earn half of the 30m euros a year he earned at Barcelona
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