BOTAFOGO WANTED WILLIAN BEFORE CORINTHIANS MOVE

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Just when it looked like former Arsenal star Willian was short of options when he was looking for a move away from the Emirates Stadium, it has been revealed that the reverse was actually the case. The Brazilian star was told that he was no longer needed at Arsenal by manager Mikel Arteta and that had to start looking for another club here he will be continuing his career. The former Chelsea star was one of the highest earners at Arsenal and there was no way the Gunners could keep affording to pay his huge salary despite him not turning up for them and putting in strong performances every turn he was on the pitch representing the club.

After it first broke out that he would be leaving Arsenal in the summer, a number of clubs started to approach him over a possible move. It was repeated that Greek League outfit Olympiakos were interested in acquiring his services as they looked to snap up him and his former teammate David Luiz but the move did not materialize and then he began to attract some attention from some clubs in the Brazilian Serie A.

Willian eventually chose to join Corinthians in Brazil but while some news outlets reported earlier that they were the only side that showed interest in him, the Daily Independent had now revealed that the attacker actually attracted interest from Botafogo. Botafogo were willing to offer Willian the same amount of money he was being paid at Arsenal for him to come play for them but he was still deliberating on the offer before Corinthians came with their own offer on the table.

After Corinthians held talks with Willian and his agent, he decided to sign for the club on a two-year contract and will play for them this season and the next one.

 

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