Arsenal winger Willian has agreed a transfer with Corinthians and will leave the Emirates as a free agent after reportedly tearing up his contract with the North London outfit.
The deal has been given the here we go signal after a few days of negotiations with the club, and despite having two years remaining on his current contract with the club, he has agreed to take a massive wage cut close to 70% to end his time in England.
“Willian has been an exemplary professional since he moved to England in 2013. He wants to leave English football with his head held up high,” Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol wrote.
“He leaves English football after winning five major trophies in eight seasons, including two Premier League titles.”
“Instead of just sitting back and taking the money or asking for a pay off, he is walking away to sign for Corinthians on 70 per cent less wages,” Solhekol added.
The Brazilian will return to his home country on Monday to complete his medical assessment and sign the paperwork. Willian made a free transfer from Chelsea a year ago, and has since been absent from the Arsenal squad on the pitch. As a result, he has completely dropped out of form and will hopefully revive his playing time at his new club.
Arsenal have made transfers worth close to £100 million this summer, but currently slump in 20th place after three consecutive defeats to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City.