Back in May, it was reported that Willian was ‘100% leaving Arsenal, even if no English clubs came in for him, but no clubs at all want him due to his large wages.
When Arsenal signed Willian on a free from Chelsea, they gave him a three-year contract worth £192k-per-week, making him the second highest player at the club.
There was no transfer fee involved, Chelsea wanted him to stay for another two years, he was in peak physical condition and had scored 11 and assisted nine in 47 games for Chelsea in his final season. It did not seem like a bad move at all.
Little did any of us know how badly it would go for the Brazilian in north London and there is no denying that everybody would like to see Willian go somewhere else, even Willian himself.
But nobody wants him.
Willian is a 32-year-old winger coming off the back of probably his worst ever season while being paid the guts of £200k-per-week. Even if you consider Arsenal waiving any sort of fee for him just to get him off the books, how many clubs around the globe can pay that sort of money? Now imagine how many of them would want to. It won’t take long.
As a result, a report in Italy claims Willian risks becoming a ‘prisoner’ at Arsenal, which is a bit far fetched as I’m fairly sure he doesn’t have to p*ss in a bucket. He’d probably miss if he did.
Speaking on the Here We Go Podcast in May, Fabrizio Romano was quite clear that Willian would not be an Arsenal player for the new season.
“Willian is leaving the club, I want to confirm that he is 100% leaving the club,” Romano said. “At the moment, there is still nothing going on with other English clubs. But he is leaving the club. So 100%, Willian is going to leave.”
Inter Miami were said to be interested but Willian’s wages did indeed cause an issue there. Those rumours died down sometime ago and there has been nothing since. Not even the hint of a whisper.
Sky Sports claimed a number of clubs in Europe were also interested but that just doesn’t seem to be true. Willian, if he had his way, would apparently like to rejoin his former club, Chelsea.