Fresh claims have emerged about how much Willian will earn when he completes his free transfer to Arsenal – and it makes for eye-watering reading.
The Brazilian winger is expected to join Mikel Arteta’s Gunners this weekend after his contract with Chelsea expired.
It has been widely reported that Willian will sign a three-year, £150,000-per-week deal with an option of a fourth year.
The 32-year-old is also set to receive a handsome signing-on fee given the fact Arsenal won’t have to pay a transfer fee.
And when the signing-on fee is taken into account, along with loyalty payments and other bonuses, his deal will be worth a staggering £220,000 per week, according to the Daily Mail.
But the whopping sums involved could cause some consternation given Arsenal’s announcement last week of plans to make 55 members of staff redundant.
Willian could cash in to the tune of £35m if he sees out his Arsenal contract – while some backroom and scouting staff are losing their livelihoods.
The Gunners are also trying to tie down star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a new deal worth a reported £250,000 per week.
Last week, Mirror Sport reported that senior Arsenal players wanted talks with the club’s hierarchy after news of the planned redundancies.
The FA Cup-winning stars wanted to know why jobs are being slashed when back in April the squad agreed to a 12.5 percent pay cut – reduced to 7.5 percent following Europa League qualification.
The club pointed to severe drops in broadcast revenue as the reason for the redundancies, in a statement issued by the club’s head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham.
The statement read: “With the expected reduction of income in mind, it is now clear that we must reduce our costs further to ensure we are operating in a sustainable and responsible way, and to enable us to continue to invest in the team.
“Our aim has been to protect the jobs and base salaries of our people for as long as we possibly can. Unfortunately, we have now come to the point where we are proposing 55 redundancies.”
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