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Willian says goodbye to Chelsea; reveal his misson at Arsenal

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Brazil star, Willian has said Arsenal is a big club and he has come to help the team win trophies.

Willian, 32, on Friday, joined the North London side on a three-year deal after his contract expired with Chelsea.

He said Arsenal is a big team and deserve to win trophies, pledging to give his best to the club on the pitch.

“I come to try to win trophies because this club deserves to win again, and I think you have to do the best as possible to win every game,” he told Arsenal’s website.

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“I always train hard and go on the pitch giving 100 per cent to help this team to win games and to win titles as well.”

He joins Arsenal on a free transfer with Chelsea unwilling to offer the multi-year contract he desired and is reportedly set to earn £200,000 ($261,000) a week.

The 2012 Champions League winner said Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta is having a “new project” with the Gunners which he wants to be a part of.

Arteta himself believes Willian’s experience will make a “difference” for the 2003/2004 Premier League winners.

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“He has the experience of everything in the football world but to still have the ambition to come here and contribute to bringing the club where it belongs,” the Spaniard explained, saying he is impressed with the talks he had with the player.

File photo: Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang holds the winner’s trophy as the team celebrates victory after the English FA Cup final football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, on August 1, 2020. Arsenal won the match 2-1. Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP

Arsenal’s technical director, Edu described his compatriot as a player with a “lot of fantastic attributes” and said he has known Willian “very well, since a long time ago” from working together with the Brazilian national team.

Willian was on the bench earlier this month when Arsenal defeated the Blues 2-1 to win their 14th FA Cup.

He won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and the Europa League in his seven years stint with the Blues.

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Arsenal will close in on Willian transfer – Rudiger

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Antonio Rudiger says Arsenal will be signing one of the few players in the world who “dictates the game” if Chelsea winger Willian joins the FA Cup winners.

The Gunners are closing in on signing Willian on a£150,000-per-week, three-year deal, with the Brazilian’s Stamford Bridge contract set to expire this month.

It has been suggested that the 32-year-old could miss Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on Saturday ahead of his expected free transfer to the Emirates.

And Chelsea defender Rudiger says Willian will be a big miss if he does leave the club – comparing him to former teammate Eden Hazard in terms of the impact he can have on a game.

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“Since day one of coming to Chelsea, he and David Luiz got me into the team and helped me out in the first couple of months because it was not that easy,” Rudiger told Mail Online.

He is a great guy and a really, really good footballer.

“He is calm and humble and it will be sad if I don’t see him again as a team-mate.”

Rudiger said Willian does his talking with his feet – just like Hazard, who left Chelsea for Real Madrid last summer.

“He is not the type of player who talks that much,” Rudiger said. “He does his thing on the pitch, just like Eden Hazard. By playing, he shows what he is about.

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“He is a guy who dictates the game and not many players in the world have this type of quality.

“He is always training [hard] and practicing free-kicks after. He is someone who always wants to improve.”

Chelsea will need to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Bayern on Saturday if they are to reach the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League.

Rudiger and his teammates last week missed out on what would have been a first piece of silverware for Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager when they were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

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Willan agrees and joins Arsenal on free transfer

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Chelsea star Willian has reportedly agreed a three-year contract worth £100,000-per-week with Arsenal.

The 31-year-old was locked in talks over fresh terms to remain at Stamford Bridge, but has chosen to move on after the club refused to offer him the long-term deal he had demanded.

Frank Lampard was keen to retain Willian and extend his seven-year spell, but Arsenal have stepped in to seal the deal on a free transfer.

The news comes just a day after Arsenal announced 55 members of staff would be made redundant.

The club’s decision was met with widespread criticism, but head of football Raul Sanllehi and manager director Vinai Venkatesham justified the sweeping job cuts as necessary in order to continue to bring in new additions.

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Arsenal offers Willian ‘three years contract’

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Arsenal have made a formal three-year contract offer to Willian, edging them to the front of the race to sign the Brazilian forward.

Joining Mikel Arteta’s rejuvenated side and the chance to work with fellow Brazilian Edu are the reasons Arsenal are favourites to secure Willian’s signature. The Gunners have made a formal three-year contract offer to Willian, still some way short of the terms offered by Barcelona and Inter Miami.

Despite wanting the 31-year-old to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have refused to offer more than a further two years – and the chances of him being a Chelsea player when the new season begins in five weeks now look remote.

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Frank Lampard has admitted his side need to improve defensively, but that Chelsea would need to sell before they can buy, having already spent big in the attacking areas by bringing in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

Willian made 47 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions and finished the season in fine form with four Premier League goals after the restart.

Chelsea open to offers for third of first-team squad
Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for up to 10 first-team players, including goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho and centre-back trio Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christiansen.

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Frank Lampard has admitted his side need to improve defensively, but that Chelsea would need to sell before they can buy, having already spent big in the attacking areas by bringing in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

Emerson, Jorginho, Victor Moses, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Michy Batshuayi are among a long list of players Chelsea would also be willing to offload.

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The summer transfer window will run for 10 weeks from July 27 and close at 11pm on October 5.

A domestic-only window for trades between the Premier League and EFL then runs from October 5 and closes on Friday October 16 at 5pm. Follow all the news and analysis on Sky Sports News and across Sky Sports’ digital platforms, including with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.

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Lampard to support any of William’s decision

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Frank Lampard is unsure whether Willian will extend his stay at Chelsea but maintains he is relaxed if the Brazilian decides to move on.

Willian’s contract at Stamford Bridge is almost up and is set to leave the club after Chelsea’s second leg against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 on August 8.

The 31-year-old has been locked in contract renewal talks for several months now and has reportedly wanted a new three-year deal to stay with the Blues, while Chelsea are not willing to offer more than two.

At one stage, it looked as if they player and club would go their separate ways before talks were reignited, leading to Willian’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, claiming that the Brazilian would decide on his future after the FA Cup final.

With the final done and dusted, Willian’s future is now a hot topic but Lampard is remaining coy on the situation.

‘I’ve got a great relationship with Willian. I actually don’t know what that decision (contract situation) is,’ Lampard said.

‘If that happens over the next few days, as he said, that will be good to me in either way.

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‘Of course I’m very happy with Willian. He’s had been brilliant with me this season with input and work ethic within the squad.

‘But it is his choice and I respect his choice.

‘He’s been a great servant for Chelsea if he decides to move on and if he does decide to move on, Chelsea obviously moves on as well. We have to look forward ourselves.’

As well as Arsenal, Premier League rivals Tottenham and Manchester United have also been linked with Willian this season.

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Despite the contract impasse, the winger has still proven to be a key and reliable player for Lampard this season, particularly since lockdown.

The Brazilian has scored 11 goals in all competitions this season, including four in the space of three games during the Premier League restart.

Willian has been at Chelsea since he turned down a move to Tottenham in favour of the Blues in the summer of 2013, and has since won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup and one Europa League in seven years at Stamford Bridge.

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Willan’s future remains blur at Chelsea


Willian is open to signing a temporary deal that will see him stay at Chelsea beyond June 30 when his contract expires, but his long-term future at the club remains in doubt.

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The Blues face a difficult call over renewing the 31-year-old’s deal as rivals including Arsenal and Tottenham have shown interest in signing the forward on a free transfer.

Chelsea have a month to come to an agreement with the Brazilian over extending his stay as the Premier League have set a cut-off date of June 23.

Officials are targeting a mid-June restart for England’s top-flight league, with Chelsea having nine games remaining and potentially another three in the FA Cup after reaching the quarter-final stage.

FIFA’s guidelines have encouraged clubs and players to come to temporary agreements but an understanding between both parties is yet to have been found.

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Beyond that, Chelsea have to consider Willian’s long-term future, with talks remaining at a stand-still due to the club being reluctant to cave to the player’s demands for a three-year deal as they rarely offer such terms to players over 30.

“It’s a difficult situation because Chelsea offered me two years and they are not going to change what they offered. I said I wanted three more years,” the winger told Esporte Interativo.

“The situation is difficult because of this. I really don’t know if it will be possible [to stay]. My goal is to continue working and focus on the remainder of the season, so that Chelsea can continue winning games.

“I have a clear head and I’m focused for the rest of the season that we have left. I think it’s difficult [to stay]. Let’s see what happens.”

Meanwhile, fellow forward Pedro’s future is also in doubt with his contract set to expire at the season’s end.

At least four clubs have expressed an interest in the 32-year-old, including the likes of Roma, Real Betis, Inter Miami and Vissel Kobe.

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It remains unclear whether Chelsea will offer the Spaniard a new deal but Frank Lampard has already expressed his concern at potentially losing both Pedro and Willian.

“It is still uncertain if and when play will get underway. We have big players [out of contract] so that’s something I’m obviously looking at very carefully,” Lampard told Sky Sports News last week.

“The ones who are out of contract here have been great servants for the club, and actually have a lot of feelings for the club.

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“Of course they’ll be concerned about themselves, in terms of how training is now and if the pre-season is a rush. They’re going to have to make sure they’re alright.

“So it’s going to have to be something we have to look at. Hopefully an arrangement can be made so they can stay with us. I would love the squad to look as it has all season, but we’ll have to see how that works.”

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Chelsea have, however, resolved two of their four expiring contract situations this week, activating one-year extension clauses for both Olivier Giroud and Willy Caballero.

The London side are back in non-contact, phase one training this week but N’Golo Kane and Callum Hudson-Odoi have been absent from Lampard’s latest sessions.


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Rivaldo: Willian could do well at Barcelona

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Willian “could do well” at Barcelona if he opts to head for Camp Nou as a free agent says Rivaldo, but a reunion with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Tottenham is another “good option”.

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As things stand, the 31-year-old is due to be out of contract in the summer.

The Brazil international has stated that he will stay on at Stamford Bridge to complete the 2019-20 campaign if the green light is given to play to a finish amid the coronavirus pandemic.

No fresh terms have been agreed, though, and Willian appears destined to be playing his football outside of west London next season. Various landing spots have been mooted, with the South American said to have registered on Barca’s radar for some time.

Rivaldo can see why a fellow countryman would appeal to the Blaugrana, telling Betfair: “Willian has been linked in the past with Barcelona and I think he could do well there, because of his personality and ability to make the difference at important moments.

“In the last few years, Barcelona has signed some big players, like Antoine Griezmann, who are yet to produce their best football with Lionel Messi by their side. Perhaps the responsibility and pressure has been too much for them.

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“I do not know how it would work for Willian, but what I’m suggesting is that Barcelona need to consider carefully their signings for big money as things have not gone so well recently in the transfer market for them.

“Players seem to get intimidated by Messi’s presence, and that has been a recent problem for the club. The club need to carefully evaluate a player’s personality, weigh up his ability to succeed and impose himself at Camp Nou.”

While Barca would be an enticing option for any player, Willian has stated in the past that he hopes to remain in England. With that in mind, Rivaldo believes the hard-working forward may be tempted to have a second spell working under Mourinho.

The 2002 World Cup winner said: “Willian is attracting some headlines in England as his contract with Chelsea is expiring this summer and there are strong rumours that he may move to a London rival soon.

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“Yes, Willian is already playing at a big club, but he has been there for a long time and perhaps he needs a new challenge to recapture his will and motivation at this point in his career in the Premier League.

“A move to Tottenham could be a good option, especially because Willian would reunite with his former coach Jose Mourinho there, and the pair seem to have a good relationship. Furthermore, we all know that Mourinho has a special affection for Brazilian players and I am sure he would give lots of opportunities to Willian at Spurs.”


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Willian doesn’t interest Liverpool but link may hint at what’s to come in market


As far as the names on Liverpool’s transfer rumour mill go, Willian was a new addition on Thursday.
The Reds were of course interested in the Brazilian way back in 2013 before he moved to Chelsea, but his resurfacing in the gossip columns in 2020 came as somewhat of a surprise this week.

Of course, it should go without saying that much transfer speculation surrounding Jurgen Klopp’s Reds should be taken with a tablespoon of salt at the best of times.

Such measures should even be doubled during football’s ongoing suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, where, it is understood, real progress over targets is expected to be minimal at Anfield.

And perhaps stories emanating from Spain – in this case, SPORT – about a Brazilian playing in England should also temper the idea that the 31-year-old Willian is a realistic target for Klopp’s Premier League champions-in-waiting.

The ECHO understands that the versatile Chelsea attacker is not under consideration at Liverpool, but delving beneath surface, it is perhaps understandable why the Reds may be linked to ageing free agents going forward.

Especially considering there is no real way to determine what the worldwide transfer market will look like once the full financial impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the sport.

The delicate ecosystem of football is finding more and more challenges to negotiate on a daily basis due to the worldwide public health crisis and big-money moves that are usually commonplace in the summer months may need to be significantly scaled back.

Liverpool are likely to be no exception, so a more stringent way of spending money may very well be the modus operandi for the recruitment department at Melwood going forward.

A two-time Premier League winner with close to 250 top-flight appearances to his name in England, Willian’s profile would not be too dissimilar to the one that brought James Milner to Anfield in the summer of 2015.

At the time, manager Brendan Rodgers was looking to break away from signing young players with potential and tasked the club’s recruiters with finding more experience for his squad.

Head of recruitment Dave Fallows and chief scout Barry Hunter, who both knew Milner from their days at City, were convinced the midfielder had the enduring quality to be a success at Anfield.

Five years later, the vice captain of a Champions League-winning squad stands just six points away from lifting a league title with Liverpool. They can chalk that one up as a success.

The financial uncertainty that will spread across European football this summer, however, may lead to a reinvention of sorts for the transfer window.

Clubs will most likely refuse to pay the sorts of eye-watering figures that have been perversely normal in previous years. The coronavirus has hit football hard and the cloth will need to be cut accordingly across all levels, as a result.

That might explain why links to the likes of Willian may start to emerge from a Liverpool perspective.

And while it is believed there is no interest in the Chelsea star this time around, other left-field transfer targets may just spring up over the coming weeks and and months.


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Willian Sets to move to Liverpool on free transfer


Chelsea winger Willian is reportedly in ‘favourable negotiations with Liverpool’, according to reports in Spain.

A report in Spanish publication Sport, via SportWitness, stated that given Chelsea retain interest in Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho, Willian could be departing – and for a top-six rival.PSX_20200423_181459

Sport claim Willian is currently ‘in negotiations’ over a transfer to Liverpool with his contract at Stamford Bridge due to expire on June 30.

The report in Sport states that negotiations are ‘very favourable’ for the 31-year-old Brazilian as he seeks a lucrative deal if he enters free agency.

Liverpool have a wealth of attacking options in Willain’s position but Jurgen Klopp is likely to seek reinforcements ahead of next season in a bid to sustain their dominance.

Willian is currently back home in Brazil, isolating with family as part of the lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus.
He is almost certain to depart, with the winger running his contract down after talks of a new deal fell flat.

The Blues’ second longest-serving player has not been shy about his intention to move on, attracting interest from the Premier League top-six, with Chelsea’s interest in Philippe Coutinho only likely to increase talk of an exit.PSX_20200423_181415

Willian has hit form this season, acting as an elder statesman in Frank Lampard’s youthful project.

He has bagged seven goals and contributed six assists so far this term, including a classy double against fierce rivals Spurs, stepping out from the shadow of Eden Hazard after the Belgian’s summer exit.


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Barcelona Rejects Chance to Sign Willian as Tottenham and PSG Ready Offers


Barcelona are believed to have rejected the chance to land Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer, leaving the door open for both Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain to offer contracts to the Brazilian.

Willian’s current deal will expire at the end of the season and he recently admitted it is ‘unlikely’ that he will remain at Stamford Bridge after talks over a new deal broke down.


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His agent, Kia Joorabchian, has been looking to drum up interest in Willian, and Sport note that the winger has been offered to long-term admirers Barcelona. However, they have wasted little time in rejecting the chance to move for him.

Just like with Chelsea, Willian’s demands of a three-year contract with a big wage appear to have scared Barcelona away, with La Blaugrana believing that money should be spent on a younger forward instead.


Sport add that a move has not been completely ruled out, but it’s highly unlikely that a move to Camp Nou will materialise at this rate.

Willian will have to look elsewhere in search of a new home, and both Spurs and PSG are named as potential suitors by Sport.


A source previously confirmed to 90min that Spurs are eager to land Willian and teammate Olivier Giroud this summer, and they are confident that they will have a good chance of doing so as the Brazilian wants to remain in London.

However, PSG are also still circling. The French side have been linked with Willian in the past and have been tipped to finally land their man on a free transfer. Mundo Deportivo (via ESPN) even go as far as to describe PSG as one of the favourites to sign Willian this summer.


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The 31-year-old recently claimed that he is yet to hold talks with any interested side, having instead focused on trying to tempt Chelsea to meet his three-year demand, but it now looks like potential suitors are stepping things up a gear.

PSG are free to talk to Willian already, while Spurs would have to wait until closer to the end of his current deal, but it seems as though he will have plenty of options to choose from.


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Mourinho line up double swap for Chelsea’s Giroud, Willian.


Tottenham Hotspur have deals ready for Chelsea duo Olivier Giroud and Willian, whose contracts will both be up at the end of the current season.

Giroud came close to leaving Chelsea in January over a lack of appearances, and despite an increase in game time, he has still been tipped to walk away, while Willian’s negotiations over a new deal have hit a wall over his pursuit of a three-year contract.

As it stands, both players will walk away from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, and a source has confirmed to 90min that Spurs have already got contracts ready to offer the duo once they are permitted to do so.

Clubs in England must wait until one month before a contract expiry date before they can approach an impending free agent who is based in England, and Spurs have already planned out their proposals to both Giroud and Willian.


José Mourinho sees the pair as potential shrewd additions to his squad as they would add both experience and quality to his current group of players, and the fact that they would be available for free makes them even more appealing.

Giroud came close to joining Spurs in January as an emergency replacement for the injured Harry Kane, but Chelsea eventually blocked the move. However, Spurs still remain keen and are ready to offer him the multi-year deal which he is looking for.


Mourinho’s need for a new striker was emphasised after Kane went down, with makeshift strikers like Dele Alli and Lucas Moura struggling to fill the void left by the Englishman’s injury.

As for Willian, Spurs believe that he wants to stay in London and are hopeful that they can fend off interest from fellow suitors Arsenal, who have also been alerted to the Brazilian’s desire to stay in the capital.


Willian recently confessed that his priority is to remain in the Premier League, but he also insisted that he would not have a problem with playing overseas if needs be.

NobleSport learnt some of Europe’s biggest clubs are in negotiations with the 31-year-old, but he wants to stay in England and will wait to hear offers from English sides first.

It was Mourinho who first brought Willian to Chelsea in 2013, and the Portuguese tactician is keen to finally reunite with the winger this summer.


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COVID-19: Chelsea grant willian permission to return to Brazil.


Chelsea have given Willian permission to return home to Brazil on compassionate grounds to be with his wider family during the coronavirus pandemic.

Chelsea were one of the first English clubs to be affected by the virus outbreak when teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive earlier this month. Combined with the diagnosis of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, Premier League football was suspended just a few hours later.


NobleSport reports that Willian has been granted his leave of absence on appeal and that the club will individually review the case of any foreign players wishing to be repatriated home.

The 31-year-old has made his second home in London, where he co-owns a restaurant with former Chelsea teammate David Luiz. But the coronavirus crisis has seen him fly back to Brazil.


Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has been heavily criticised over his dismissive attitude towards the pandemic, alleging that media and rival politicians are ‘tricking’ citizens and accusing it of being a ‘a colossal and absurd campaign’ to force him out of power.

It has been reported that criminal gangs are the ones taking a stand against coronavirus in Brazil and have been enforcing curfews in the nation’s favelas in a bid to quash the spread.


With a contract due to expire at the end of June, Willian is one of numerous players in the Premier League alone for whom the coronavirus crisis has caused major uncertainty.

It remains unclear when, how and if the 2019/20 season will be finished and what will happen to players like Willian whose contract could expire before all games are completed.

Should he leave Chelsea after seven years at Stamford Bridge, the player has been linked with a move across London to Tottenham. That would mean reuniting with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, with whom he has maintained regular contact.


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