Willian ‘has clause in Fulham deal allowing him to leave for free’

Willian reportedly wishes to leave Fulham this summer after agreeing personal terms at Al Shabab, with a clause in his current allowing him to move to the Middle East.

Fulham are reportedly prepared to lose attacker Willian this summer due to a clause in his contract, despite the player penning fresh terms only last month.

The Brazilian enjoyed a productive year at Craven Cottage in the 2022-23 term, scoring five goals and providing five assists in 27 Premier League matches for Marco Silva‘s men.

The Cottagers easily avoided a relegation scrap during their first campaign back in the top flight, finishing in 10th and only nine points off the European places.

Having made the move to West London from Brazilian outfit Corinthians in the summer of 2022, the winger has shown that he still has plenty to offer in the Premier League.

According to Premier League Brasil, Willian could be set to leave Fulham in the coming weeks after a stipulation in his contract has been revealed this week.

Fulham's Willian in action with Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka on March 19, 2023© Reuters

The report claims that the attacker’s terms allow him to leave Craven Cottage if he receives an ‘out of common’ financial bid – one which is understood to have been lodged by a Saudi Pro League team.

Al Shabab are believed to have offered Willian a £200,000 per week deal in the Middle East, with the Saudi club looking to build on their fourth-place finish in the league last term.

It is understood that the Fulham winger has agreed personal terms with Al Shabab ahead of a potential new venture outside of European football.

The report also adds that William has informed Cottagers boss Silva of his desire to leave the Premier League for a new challenge in the Middle East.

Willian celebrates scoring for Fulham against Chelsea on January 12, 2023© Reuters

Only last month did the former Chelsea man put pen to paper on a one-year extension to his contract at Fulham, with the club holding an option to extend his terms for a further season.

Interest in Willian from Nottingham Forest prompted the West Londoners to tie the player down to a new deal, however it is believed that that effort will be in vain as Al Shabab swoop in for the 70-time international.

Despite intense transfer speculation, Willian has featured in pre-season for Fulham, playing 68 minutes of their Premier League Summer Series clash with Chelsea in the United States.

Silva’s men face Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim at Craven Cottage ahead of their Premier League opener on August 12 at Goodison Park against Sean Dyche‘s Everton.

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