Despite making a switch at the age of 32, leaving a Champions League club for a club in the Europa League, Willian has now joined the ranks of the Premier League’s highest-paid footballers.
The Brazil winger has secured a sumptuous payday at Arsenal, and the numbers now coming out on his new contract are quite astonishing.
Arsenal have gone out of their way to get their man, handing Willian a lucrative package worth up to £ 220,000 a week to persuade him to invest the last years of his career at the elite level in North London.
The move comes at a time when the Gunners are coming under tightened public scrutiny, following their announcement that 55 staff will be fired.
This news came even after the senior team members agreed to accept deferment of payment, but now the club has welcomed Willian with high wages. Including bonuses, application fees and loyalty payments over the three years, this amounts to £ 220,000 per week, or approximately £ 35 million over the life of his contract.
Willian will therefore be the ninth highest paid player in the entire Premier League despite his aging years.
Willian has secured a move to Arsenal and will now collect £ 220,000 a week from the Emirates
To put that in context, Willian now earns more than any of Liverpool’s famous front three from Mohamed Salah (£ 200,000 p / w), Sadio Mane (£ 200,000 p / w) and Roberto Firmino (£ 180,000 p / w) , who are widely hailed as the best attacking trio in world football and have just delivered a record-breaking league triumph for their club.
With Willian’s deal, he surpasses these players, despite all three having only signed new contracts in recent years.
In 2018, Salah signed a new long-term deal at Anfield that will keep him with the club until 2023, making him one of the highest-earning players in Liverpool history.
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But Willian has made sure to keep his stock high and will now pocket £ 10.6m annually with the Gunners until he’s at least 35.
Indeed, Willian’s terms at Arsenal would reward him more financially than any player in the roster at Liverpool.
That means the Brazilian will also bank more per week than European football’s top defender in Virgil van Dijk (£ 170,000 p / w), who is also arguably the main player in Liverpool’s Premier League winning team and the Champions League.
David de Gea (£ 375,000 p / w) is the Premier League’s biggest earner, while Manchester United also pays colossal wages to Paul Pogba (£ 300,000 p / w) and Anthony Martial (£ 250,000 p / w). He is now paid more than Marcus Rashford (£ 200,000 p / w).
Had he moved to Manchester City and accepted the current pay package, Willian would have been the fourth top earner at the Etihad, behind only Kevin De Bruyne (£ 350,000 p / w), Raheem Sterling (£ 300,000 p / w). / w) and Sergio Aguero (£ 240,000 p / w).
David De Gea is the Premier League’s top earner at an eye-watering £ 375,000 a week
Tottenham talisman and England captain Harry Kane now earns less than Willian
THE BEST EARNING STARS OF PREMIER LEAGUE
1 – David De Gea (Manchester United) – £ 375,000 p / w
2 = Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £ 350,000 p / w
2 = Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £ 350,000 p / w
4 = Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – £ 300,000 p / w
4 = Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £ 300,000 p / w
6 – Timo Werner (Chelsea) – £ 270,000 p / w
7 – Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – £ 250,000 p / w
8 – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £ 240,000 p / w
9 – Willian (Arsenal) – £ 220,000 p / w
10 = Harry Kane (Tottenham) – £ 200,000 p / w
10 = Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £ 200,000 p / w
10 = Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – £ 200,000 p / w
10 = Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – £ 200,000 p / w
14 = Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – £ 180,000 p / w
14 = Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – £ 180,000 p / w
16 = Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – £ 170,000 p / w
16 = Harry Maguire (Manchester United) – £ 170,000 p / w
18 – Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham) – £ 160,000
19 = N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – £ 150,000 p / w
19 = Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) – £ 150,000 p / w
Despite losing their status as Champions League regulars, Arsenal are still paying a lot of money.
Willian is not the top earner at the club that finished eighth in the league this season. Mesut Özil (£ 350,000 p / w) certainly has the most bizarre pay package in the Premier League as he is also entering the twilight of his career and is currently at odds with management and unable to break into the team, or often even on match day. plow.
Willian’s pay is expected to be quickly overtaken by the club’s star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should the Gabon international choose to sign a new contract with the Emirates. He is currently paid £ 200,000 a week.
Players including Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka and Bernd Leno all earn half of what Willian is doing now, based on their current Arsenal contracts.
Boss Mikel Arteta was desperate for his husband and Willian will play a key role in the club’s transformation under the Spaniard.
Arsenal officially confirmed the news of his arrival on Friday morning when it was revealed that Willian would be taking shirt No. 12.
Chelsea was keen to give him a contract extension but was unwilling to match the high wages and wanted the attacker to take a pay cut on his previous Stamford Bridge deal.
The Blues have been busy on the transfer market this summer, after Frank Lampard was finally allowed to sign players after the club’s transfer ban expired.
Chelsea are believed to have already broken their salary record after new boy Timo Werner was the highest paid player at the club with weekly wages in the region of £ 270,000.
Willian now also earns more than Harry Kane, the star striker of Tottenham and the England captain. Kane is the tenth highest paid player in the league, tied with Salah, Mane and Aubameyang.
Chelsea wouldn’t live up to Willian’s demands; Timo Werner is their top earner at £ 270,000 p / w