According to journalist Peter Rutzler, the 34-year-old could well be on his way back to London to link up with the Cottagers, having only recently ripped up his contract with Corinthians in his native Brazil.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday about that potential shock swoop, The Athletic reporter wrote: “Fulham exploring Willian deal. The 34yo expected at club’s training ground today, with view to permanent move on free transfer. #FFC keen to bolster wide options after Solomon and Wilson injuries. Willian ended his contract with Corinthians last week”
The 70-cap veteran is said to have cut short his time in his homeland due to reported online abuse, having previously rescinded his deal at Arsenal after just a solitary season at the Emirates Stadium, joining on a free transfer from Chelsea in the summer of 2020.
Although the 34-year-old may now be something of a fading force following a difficult couple of seasons, the 5 foot 9 menace still offers a wealth of both quality and experience, having won a plethora of major honours during his time at Stamford Bridge.
That glittering spell saw the one-time Shakhtar Donetsk man net 63 goals and provide 62 assists in 338 games for the Blues in all competitions, having been an “electric” presence at the club for so long, according to journalist Simon Collings.
Although it failed to work out during his time in north London, the fleet-footed forward still showed glimpses of his undoubted talent, notably recording two assists on his Gunners debut against Fulham, of all teams, in a 3-0 victory in September 2020.
Even during his most recent spell back in South America, the £4.95m-rated man still caught the eye on occasion, with journalist Tim Vickery stating that Willian had moments where he “absolutely undressed the opposition” with his speed and trickery.
Adding such a cultured asset to his squad would see Silva pull off another transfer masterstroke, having notably brought in another experienced head in Bernd Leno from Arsenal earlier this summer.
While the German stopper is yet to start so far this term, the 30-year-old – who has 429 senior club appearances to his name – will offer fierce competition for current number one Marek Rodak nonetheless, helping to bolster the overall strength of the squad.
With the west Londoners having already lost both Harry Wilson and Manor Solomon to long-term injuries, adding Willian to the ranks could well be an ideal short-term fix, with the Brazilian also set to put pressure on the current first-team regulars in Silva’s line-up, much like his former team-mate Leno.
It may be a deal which raises quite a few eyebrows if it comes off, but the ageing £29k-per-week magician could well prove to be an astute capture if Fulham can bring him back to London.