Arsenal forward Willian’s proposed move to MLS club Inter Miami has reportedly collapsed due to the Brazilian’s wage demands.
The experienced attacker has been out-of-sorts at the Gunners since his switch from London rivals Chelsea last year and he is thought to want to leave the club this summer.
The player – who will celebrate his 33 rd birthday next month – had been in talks with the franchise club, owned by David Beckham, to become one of their star names.
It had been thought that Inter Miami would allow the exit of Mexican Rodolfo Pizarro to a Liga MX club which would free up the designated player spot which Willian would occupy.
A report in The Sun has now revealed that the Brazilian forward’s wage demands have proved excessive and have led to talks breaking down.
It is claimed that the former Shakhtar Donestk player was demanding an annual wage of £8.7million – breaking down to a weekly figure of £167k.
That would have dwarfed the figure currently being paid to the club’s top earner Gonzalo Higuain – another former Chelsea player.
The Argentine striker reportedly earns a weekly wage of £80,500 at the club – equating to an annual salary of £4.19million.
Inter Miami were not prepared to break their wage structure in order to accommodate Willian, who is seeking an exit route from North London this summer.
The Brazilian spent seven distinguished years at Chelsea – where he was a consistent performer and fan favourite – before joining the Gunners last summer when his contract expired.
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Despite penning a three-year deal in North London, he has struggled to hit the heights that he did at the Blues – managing just one goal all season and struggling for any sort of form.
All parties are thought to be open to the idea of a summer exit after just one year at the club and it is believed that Arsenal would be prepared to allow the player to leave without asking for a transfer fee.
Willian is said to be earning an annual wage of £7.2million at the club and with two years remaining on his contract at the Emirates, the outgoings do not justify his output for the team.
The 32-year-old made 37 appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side last season but never found form and scored just one goal during that time – in a Premier League fixture at home to West Brom.
Willian had started life relatively brightly at the club as he registered two assists in the 3-0 victory at Fulham on the opening day of the Premier League.
He never replicated that form across the rest of the season and failed to register a direct goal assist between November and February.
Arsenal missed out on qualification for European football for the first time in 25 years after a miserable campaign and are attempting to rejuvenate their squad this summer, with Willian among those who may be allowed to leave.