Arsenal were ready to give Chelsea forward Willian a £250,000-a-week contract before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

It will be interesting to see whether Arsenal follow through with a deal for the 31-year-old Brazilian who becomes a free agent this summer because of the financial implications and current spotlight on the transfer set-up at the club.

Free agents generally get bigger deals but Arsenal may struggle to hit that figure now.

One expert believes contracts for run-of-the-mill free agents could drop by 50 per cent and even better ones like Willian, Jan Vertonghen and Adam Lallana could get 25 per cent less.

Super agent Kia Joorabchian is of course Willian’s agent and no-one can deny he is having an increasing influence at Arsenal.

However, the club have been quick to point out that the Iranian is not technical director Edu’s agent and never has been.

A lot of eyes from the agent world are looking on at Arsenal and how they are increasingly reliant on the likes of super-agents Joorabchian, Jorge Mendes and Arturo Canales.

Ultimately, results will dictate whether it is a successful path with the ownership watching with interest.

Joorabchian is looking to get former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho into the Emirates this summer but it would have to be a loan as there is simply no way that Arsenal could afford it.

Even then Arsenal would need Barcelona to subsidise his contract. But don’t rule it out.

After new deals for David Luiz, Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari, expect links with super-agents to only get stronger.

It was something that Arsene Wenger always took pride in avoiding. Former scout Gilles Grimandi has been critical of the new set-up.