Willian tells Arsenal he wants Corinthians return

Willian has agreed in principle to return to Corinthians (Visionhaus)

Willian has told Arsenal that he is ready to leave the club and join Corinthians, according to reports in Brazil.

The 33-year-old has failed to make an impact for the Gunners after joining on a free transfer from Chelsea last year.

Arsenal made Willian one of their top earners by handing him a three-year deal worth £220,000 a week, but they are now looking to offload the winger before Tuesday’s deadline.

Brazilian side Corinthians have expressed an interest in re-signing Willian this summer and the midfielder has the opportunity to return to the club where he began his professional career.

According to Goal Brazil, Willian has accepted the prospect of moving back to Corinthians and has informed Arsenal’s hierarchy about his decision.

The report claims that Willian’s salary remains a huge obstacle as the midfielder would either need to agree to take a pay cut or Arsenal would need to pay part of the player’s wages.

Arsenal may need to fund Willian’s wages to pave the way for his return to Brazil (Getty)

It’s understood that Willian earns more than treble the amount Corinthians would be willing to pay.

Goal Brazil claim that both Willian and his representatives are attempting to convince Arsenal to allow his return to Corinthians and fund part of his wages.

When asked about Willian’s situation on Thursday, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: ‘We are having some conversations with him and the agent.

‘We’re evaluating the position we’re in at the moment.’

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