Willian is close to a free transfer to Corinthians, with all parties keen to complete a deal to get at least some of the winger’s wages off Arsenal’s books.
Fabrizio Romano reported on Monday afternoon that Corinthians had made an official proposal to sign Willian from Arsenal. Romano later added that Willian was tempted, though he’s still giving priority to European clubs at this stage.
Arsenal would reportedly let Willian leave on a free transfer to save the money they’d otherwise spend on his salary.
The Daily Mail report that Willian is set to leave Arsenal imminently, with talks now at an advanced stage and all parties keen to complete a deal. Again, the outlet suggests it would be a free transfer, with the Gunners simply keen to remove the player’s wages from their bill.
Chris Wheatley reports that sources close to the player have confirmed he’s close to the move, though it isn’t done yet. Arsenal are obviously keen to get it finalised. Charles Watts also confirms nothing is done yet but talks are ongoing.
James Benge writes that Arsenal and Corinthians are in talks, but the expectation is that Arsenal will have to subsidise part of the player’s salary.
Willian missed the opening game of the Premier League season with Covid-19, but he has since recovered. He wasn’t involved in the Chelsea clash anyway, but his current absence seems to be more related to a potential transfer than illness.