Santos striker Willian Jose has confirmed that he will move to Madrid.
The 6ft 1inch striker has only ever played in his native Brazil. Starting his youth career at Barueri, the Santos number 9 went on to play for Sao Paulo - where he won the Copa Sudamerica - and Gremio before signing for Santos.
Willian Jose only joined Santos in April 2013, making his debut the same month. Unfortunately for him, he was signed around the same time that Brazil were preparing for the Confederations Cup, therefore he never got the opportunity to line-up alongside £48.6million Barcelona star Neymar Jr.
During his short period with Santos, the soon-to-be Real Madrid player made 23 appearances, scoring five goals and helping Santos to a 7th place finish in the Brazilian Serie A. On his deal, Willian is quoted as saying:
‘My aim is to be like Casimir, who gained experience [in the B team] and then break into the senior squad’.
‘It’s a great opportunity for my career and I hope to make the best use of it.
Real Madrid are a club of global prominence, and they have some of the best players in the history of football. It will be an honor to wear this shirt’.
The news of this signing will not just affect Real Madrid and Santos but also Premier League leaders Arsenal. Arsene Wenger must have felt that he has run over a lot of black cats with Theo Walcott’s latest injury adding to many other recent setbacks at the Emirates.
With strikers Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner out and Olivier Giroud currently on the sidelines also, Arsenal are in desperate need of a new striker and quickly.
They have been linked to Alvaro Morata since the summer and it appears that the Spanish under-21 striker could finally become available – at least on a six-month loan until the end of the season.
Morata had originally dismissed the possibility of moving away from the club. However considering the recent form of Jese Rodriguez and now the signing of Willian Jose, it would be a good opportunity for Carlo Ancelotti to send out his youngster to gain valuable first team experience.
It is a move that would suit all parties, and a move that could become a real possibility over the next couple of weeks.
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