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Coutinho and Willian’s agent appears to confirm an Arsenal transfer will happen

Willian's agent Kia Joorabchian appeared to confirm his client will join Arsenal this month.

But he ruled out Joelson Fernandes following suit, and failed to comment on what the future has in store for Philippe Coutinho.

All three players have been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent months.

Willian announced he would be leaving Chelsea after seven years when his contract expires this August, and has reportedly already completed his medical at Arsenal.

The Brazilian will put pen to paper on a three-year deal worth £150,000-a-week.

Joorabchian appeared to confirm this on talkSPORT, saying: "It won't be long before we announce it. We know where he is going."

On Fernandes being linked to the Gunners, Joorabchian added: "We have never ever spoken to him about Arsenal. It is so untrue."

Coutinho's future remains unclear, but the super-agent opted against commenting on the Barcelona star despite him also being linked with Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his Arsenal side ahead of the new season, but doesn't have huge funds to work with.

Coutinho was offered to the Gunners, but Arsenal turned down signing the Brazilian as Willian is a cheaper option.

Former Arsenal captain Martin Keown recently told Mirror Sport that the Gunners have made the right decision in targeting Willian over Coutinho.

"Coutinho has been linked with virtually everybody and seems, if I am honest, a bit unsettled," said Keown.

"I think Willian is a safer bet. He's in the capital, he knows the Premier League very well and he's a top performer. I think it's a huge loss for Chelsea."

On Willian, he added: "I think that's a fantastic bit of business. I have always been a real admirer of Willian.

"When I saw what he has been doing this year at Chelsea with his free-kicks and penalties, he's so realible.

"He has had his misfortunes with [Eden] Hazard being there. Sometimes he has had to play second-fiddle. Now he is fighting for a place with [Christian] Pulisic.

"I know there is a discussion over two or three years [contract], but I think he would be a really good acquisition for Arsenal.

"He comes in with a wealth of experience and I like his work ethic.

"He is someone who will always give you 100 per cent and the right type of player to go into what is a really young Arsenal dressing room."

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