Arsenal star Willian appears to be on his way out of the club, according to reports.
The Brazilian joined the Gunners after completing a free transfer from London rivals Chelsea in the summer of 2020. One year later and it seems like the Gunners wasted so much, even though it was a free transfer.
The latest reports claim that Willian is closing in on a move to Corinthians, with all parties eager and willing to see the deal go over the line.
Willian has largely disappointed at Arsenal
It is safe to say Willian has been one of the most underwhelming transfers the Gunners have made in the past decade.
The fact that he comes as a Chelsea reject and was given humongous wages to go with, only makes the deal even more painful to process. In fact, many Arsenal fans have tagged him as the ‘worst signing’ in the club’s history.
After a hat trick of assists on his debut, he failed to do anything of note and even once completed 29 games without any goal contribution across all competitions.
At this point, he offers little or nothing to the Gunners and it is not a surprise to see that they are trying to move on from him as soon as possible.
Due to his wages, especially for a 33-year-old, Arsenal have found it tough to receive offers for the Brazilian. However, it appears they might finally have some breakthrough regarding all of it.
Corinthians come to Arsenal’s rescue
Williand out his career with native Brazilian side Corinthians before he then moved to Europe in 2007. Given his relationship with them, it is no surprise that they are perhaps the only club willing to give him one last shot at a proper professional contract.
As per Sky Sports, Corinthians are in talks to sign Willian from Arsenal and all parties are already in an advanced stage. As per the report, Willian himself is also eager to see the deal go through and there is optimism it could be completed before the transfer deadline next week.
As it stands, Willian earns a staggering £190,000 per week and that huge wage bill has taken a major dent on the Gunners’ financial plans.
Arsenal are now eager to move on from a host of players, with the Brazilian headlining that list. Elsewhere, Lucas Torreira is also closing in on a move to Fiorentina and could also be joined by Eddie Nketiah who is wanted by a host of clubs.
Arsenal have a poor history of signing ‘rejects’ from Chelsea but the move to sign Willian will go down to be one of the most unnecessary transfers in the club’s history.