As revealed by football.london, the attacking midfielder is set to become a Corinthians player in the next 48 hours after discussions with Gunners technical director Edu regarding his future.
After falling behind Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard and Nicolas Pepe in the pecking order at Emirates Stadium, Willian has made it clear he wants to leave the club this summer.
However, due to his huge salary – £ 240,000 a week – Arsenal had been unable to attract suitors.
Although, thanks to a rather kind gesture from Willian, they are able to save £ 20million.
Indeed, sources close to Willian insist that the Brazilian “wants to do the right thing” and is about to “give up” his contract which still has two years to run, Arsenal not having to. pay it despite early termination. .
With an imminent return to Brazil, the 33-year-old could end his career at the Corinthians – just like his father always wanted.
“There are things that money doesn’t buy. Playing for the Corinthians is priceless. Today they can afford. The Corinthians clean up the squad and two, three players who are leaving are already paying for it, even because Willian would come for free. Severino da Silva said via UOL, according to Sport Witness.
“He’s really not happy, otherwise he wouldn’t want to leave. He has proposals from Europe, but it’s no secret that we want him to end his career at Corinthians. Today it all depends on the Corinthians making the proposal and whether Arsenal releases him.
“If it depended on my taste, he would go back to the Corinthians, wear the 10!” But he’s a professional, and he knows his career. “
As for Arsenal, taking Willian’s salary off the books could free up money to fund a sixth summer transfer deal.
The Gunners have already spent £ 131million to sign Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale, but are still linked with moves for Houssem Aouar and Kieran Trippier.
And with the deadline fast approaching, saving £ 20million thanks to Willian might just be the boost Edu needs to secure another signing before Tuesday night.