Willian will complete his move to Arsenal on a three-year deal this weekend.
The Brazilian will finish off all the formalities of his switch across London by Sunday. An announcement will follow once all the finer details are rubber stamped.
But only a seismic turn of event will stop the deal from being concluded this weekend, meaning Willian can start pre-season training with his new team-mates.
And his move was confirmed by agent Kia Joorabchian who said the winger’s future would be announced soon.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Joorabchian said a deal for Willian would be wrapped up but refused to say where he would end up.
‘He is a free player,’ Joorabchian said. ‘He had a fantastic seven years at Chelsea, he’s been under various managers, he’s won multiple trophies and he has a fantastic relationship with Frank [Lampard], he respected him a lot.
‘But I think that cycle had come to a moment where it’s a good moment to leave.
‘At the moment, just for now I can’t say where he’s going to go, for sure Arsenal are one of the contenders. But it won’t be long before we announce it. We know where he’s going, so it won’t be long.’
The 32-year-old confirmed his departure from Chelsea earlier this week, with an open letter to Blues fans.
It brings the curtain down on seven trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge, where he won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, League Cup and the Europa League.
Willian’s Chelsea exit had been on the cards after it emerged that he had reportedly rejected a two-year extension, seeking a three-year contract with the club.
This prompted the winger to search for a new club, with Mikel Arteta’s FA Cup winners set to snap up their first signing of the summer transfer window.
Willian scored 63 goals and provided 62 assists across 339 outings for the Blues.
In May 2016, he was named Chelsea’s Fans’ Player of the Year and the Players’ Player of the 2015-16 campaign.