EPL: Willian tears up his Arsenal contract

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Arsenal striker Willian is keen to break his contract with the club and give up his £ 240,000-a-week contract.

This will allow the former Chelsea star to sign for the Corinthians on a free transfer, according to Sky Sports.

Willian left Chelsea for Arsenal just over a year ago but has struggled to regain his form and live up to his massive salary.

The striker has only scored one Premier League goal and Arsenal have actively sought to get rid of him over the summer.

Willian, who is Arsenal’s second-biggest salary, has two more years on his current contract behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gunners were concerned that they would have to subsidize Brazilian wages to find a buyer, as they did with Mesut Ozil, but Willian took the extraordinary step of offering to leave for nothing.

Sky Sports reports that the 33-year-old has informed the club’s board of directors that he will be severing his contract with the club and signing for the Corinthians within the next 48 hours.

Willian’s move will save Arsenal around £ 20million in wages, while also agreeing to a 70% pay cut to return to his former club in Brazil.

Arsenal management were reportedly stunned and “shocked” by Willian’s gesture and prepared to make up part of the difference in salary to persuade the striker to leave.

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