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Fulham sign ex-Arsenal and Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer after leaving Corinthians

Fulham CONFIRM ex-Arsenal and Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer as the 34-year-old seals Premier League return after leaving Brazilian club Corinthians

  • Fulham have stepped up their attack with the signing of free agent winger Willian
  • He has agreed a one-year deal after training with the Cottagers in recent weeks
  • The 34-year-old Brazilian left Corinthians in mid-August after receiving threats online
  • In his seven years at Chelsea he won two Premier League titles and the FA Cup

Fulham have completed the free transfer of former Chelsea and Arsenal winger Willian on a one-year deal.

The 34-year-old left Brazilian club Corinthians in mid-August after he and his family were threatened online.

He has had offers from clubs across Europe but was keen to return to England and has been training with Fulham for the past few weeks.

Fulham confirmed the signing in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

Fulham have completed the free transfer of former Chelsea and Arsenal winger Willian

The 34-year-old said he was

The 34-year-old said he was “happy to be back in the Premier League” after signing for Fulham

“I’m happy to be here, I’m happy to be back in the Premier League,” said Willian.

“Fulham are a special club, a club that wants to improve, that want to fight for something bigger, so I’m here to help and I can’t wait to get started.”

Willian becomes Marco Silva’s eighth signing this summer after Joao Palhinha, Andreas Pereira, Manor Solomon, Kevin Mbabu, Bernd Leno, Shane Duffy and Issa Diop.

Marco Silva was keen to add offensive reinforcements ahead of tonight's deadline day

Marco Silva was keen to add offensive reinforcements ahead of tonight’s deadline day

Willian has signed a one-year deal with Craven Cottage after leaving Corinthians in Brazil

Willian has signed a one-year deal with Craven Cottage after leaving Corinthians in Brazil

He scored 63 goals in 339 games over seven seasons for Chelsea and won two Premier League titles, the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup.

A move from London to Arsenal in 2020 didn’t work out for the 70-cap Brazil international as he netted just once in 37 games for the Gunners.

In his second tenure at Corinthians, where he began his career, he scored once in 45 games.

Willian won two Premier League titles and the FA Cup in his seven years at Chelsea

Willian won two Premier League titles and the FA Cup in his seven years at Chelsea

But his time at Arsenal was less fruitful, scoring just once in 37 games for the Gunners

But his time at Arsenal was less fruitful, scoring just once in 37 games for the Gunners

Fulham have been keen to add attacking reinforcements to support Aleksandar Mitrovic ahead of today’s deadline.

The Cottagers remain keen on signing Blackburn striker Ben Brereton Diaz but a move for Roma’s Justin Kluivert has fallen through as the Dutchman was refused a work permit, while Leeds are expected to beat them in signing Marseille striker Bamba Dieng.

Marco Silva’s side have taken eight points from their first five Premier League games of the season after promotion.

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Maureen Mackey

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