Arsenal midfielder Willian set for Brazil return as transfer talks advance

Willian is in talks over returning to Brazil with Corinthians, understands.

The 32-year-old signed for the Gunners on a free transfer from Chelsea last summer, and struggled to make the desired impact in Mikel Arteta’s side.

Currently behind the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard and Reiss Nelson in the pecking order at Emirates Stadium, Willian made it clear he wanted to leave the club this summer.

There is optimism on all sides that a deal can be done with Arsenal expected to reach an agreement with the player which will see him join Brazilian side Corinthians on a free transfer.

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The Gunners have been unable to attract suitors for the Brazilian midfielder this summer because of his huge wages.

David Beckham’s Inter Miami side were previously linked for the player who had 8 goal involvements in 35 appearances last season in all competitions.

Technical director Edu and head of football operations Richard Garlick are currently focused on outgoings, with a number of fringe players set to leave the club in the coming days.

The transfer window is in full swing and things are beginning to ramp up with Edu and Mikel Arteta’s dealings at the Emirates.

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