Former Arsenal and Chelsea winger Willian is set to return to the Premier League after his Corinthians contract was terminated, according to reports.
The 34-year-old spent seven productive years at Stamford Bridge, helping the Blues win two Premier League titles, on top of an FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League.
He joined Arsenal following the conclusion of his Chelsea contract in 2020.
Willian’s time in north London was underwhelming, to say the least.
He found the back of the net once in 37 appearances for the Gunners before having his contract mutually terminated last August.
The Brazilian winger went back to his home country to sign for Corinthians, though his time in Sao Paulo has been equally as miserable.
Willian’s return was greeted with excitement last year, however, his record of one goal in 36 matches this season has led to plenty of criticism.
He was forced to hire a security team to escort him to and from training sessions while his daughters were forced into home-schooling due to safety concerns, after becoming a target of potential fan violence.
With the Corinthians fans turning against him, a story earlier this year revealed that Willian’s family were scared to leave the house following threats made on social media.
And now the player and his relatives are eager to return to Europe – where they lived for 14 years before going back to South America.
Willian’s contract has reportedly been terminated following the club’s exit from the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday.
This means a third free transfer in as many years is on the cards.
Surprisingly, Willian looks set to return to the Premier League, with a life in London evidently something he is fond of.
His contract was set to expire in 2023, which could have hindered his move to Craven Cottage, which was initially reported earlier this month.
After a difficult spell with his boyhood club, Willian has ‘agreed to sacrifice his future salary’ in order to move on.
Despite his poor form since leaving Chelsea in 2020, the 34-year-old offers a wealth of Premier League experience.
This could come in handy for Fulham given the fact their previous three top-flight campaigns have ended in relegation.
The 70-cap Brazilian scored seven and assisted seven for the Blues in 2019/20 – his last productive campaign at club level.