Renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that former Chelsea winger Willian is close to joining Premier League outfit Fulham. According to Romano, the Brazilian's medical at Fulham is scheduled for today (August 30).
Willian, who signed for Chelsea from Anzhi for a €35.5 million fee in August 2013, spent seven successful seasons at Stamford Bridge. Known for his pace, versatility, and unmatched work rate, Willian featured in 339 games for the Blues across competitions.
He scored 63 goals and claimed 62 assists, helping the west London outfit to two Premier League titles, one Europa League trophy, and an FA Cup, amongst other honors.
The Brazilian terminated his contract with Corinthians following their Copa Libertadores exit earlier in August. He is keen on a Premier League return, and as per Italian transfer expert Romano, his wish is close to being fulfilled.
Sharing an update on Willian’s future, he tweeted:
“Medical scheduled today for Willian in order to become new Fulham player on free transfer after contract terminated with Corinthians.
“Willian wanted to go back to the Premier League and it's now really close.”
After ending his Chelsea stint in 2020, Willian joined their crosstown rivals Arsenal. He did not enjoy much success at the Emirates Stadium and left just a season later. Willian featured in 37 games for the north London team in the 2020-21 season, recording one goal and seven assists.
Chelsea need a commanding win in midweek Premier League clash
Thomas Tuchel’s Blues have not been at their prolific best in the Premier League this season. They narrowly escaped with a 1-0 win over Everton on matchday one, drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace the following gameweek, and then fell to a 3-0 defeat against Leeds United.
They bounced back with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City on matchday four, but even that win was marred by Conor Gallagher’s red card.
Sixth-placed Chelsea are set to travel to St. Mary’s Stadium for Tuesday’s (August 30) Premier League clash with Southampton. They need to take the game by the scruff of its neck and try to dominate proceedings from start to finish.
A sure-footed performance against a struggling Southampton side (14th with four points) could go a long way in putting the Blues' campaign back on track.