It’s fair to say Willian won’t look back on the last two years as the highlight of his otherwise storied career.
The veteran wideman proved to be one of the most disappointing signings in Arsenal’s modern history during an ill-fated 2020/21; Failing to replicate even a shred of the form he displayed down the road in Chelsea blue.
And, last week, Willian terminated his contract with Brazilian giants Corinthians, detailing just how bad things got for him at the Timao in a hard-hitting interview with Globo Esporte.
The question is, where next for Willian? Well, few would have expected when he left Arsenal a year ago that a third spell in English football would be on the cards 12 months down the line. But, according to Goal, talks between Willian and Fulham are very much underway.
Willian wants London return amid Fulham interest
“My goal is to live abroad, in London,” explains the two-time Premier League winner. “I have an English passport, so I can live there with my family. That’s my goal.
“Not that I won’t come to visit Brazil again, spend a few days with my family. But to live, without a doubt, it will be abroad.
“I don’t have a club yet. I will decide (soon). I’m going to travel with the family and there I’ll decide calmly, with a clear head, to see what will be the best option for me and my family as well.”
You don’t need a PHD in geography to know where Craven Cottage is located. In fact, Fulham can offer Willian the chance to return to his beloved West London home, just down the road from Stamford Bridge.
But while Fulham feels like the right club for Willian, is Willian the right player for Fulham? Even at 34, his technical ability, big-game experience and devastating delivery from wide areas means Willian feels, at the very least, like like a risk worth taking.
His arrival would also offset the losses of injury-hit duo Harry Wilson and Manor Solomon.