Willian’s free transfer move to Arsenal is edging closer with the winger set to be handed an ‘astonishing’ £220,000-a-week contract at the Emirates.
The Brazil international is one of the leading free agents of the summer market after announcing he will be leaving Chelsea following seven seasons at Stamford Bridge, with London rivals Arsenal closing in on his signature.
Widespread reports indicate a deal has already been agreed with the Mail – in typically sensationalist fashion – detailing the ‘astonishing’ figures reportedly involved in the move.
Willian is set to pen a three-year deal with the north London side which is claimed to be worth around £220,000-a-week, although it seems as though that figure includes his weekly wage, substantial signing-on fee over and the bonuses over the course of the deal.
The report does add that Willian’s basic wages will, in fact, be lower than the figure the 32-year-old earned at Chelsea, reports indicating the Brazilian will be handed a contract worth £100,000-a-week with the option to extend into a fourth year – as reported by the same newspaper on August 6th.
The news is likely to further increase the spotlight on Arsenal and the morality of their summer business, however, the Gunners having announced the news of 55 staff redundancies in a bid to cut costs amid the coronavirus pandemic, their decision coming after previously agreeing pay-cuts with first-team players and staff to protect jobs.