Willian José to sign 18-month Santos deal this week
São Paulo striker Willian José should put pen to paper later this week on an eighteen month deal with rivals Santos, after a loan deal was struck with owners Deportivo Maldonado.
Willian José, 20, has fallen out of favour at São Paulo since a free-scoring state championship at the start of the season and has not been offered a new deal by the club.
The player, whose economic rights are owned by agent Gustavo Arribas, and is registered with Uruguayan side Deportivo Maldonado, from where he has been on loan at São Paulo for two seasons.
Santos, who have lost strikers Alan Kardec and Borges in recent months, look set to allow Bill to return from his loan spell to Corinthians in the new year and manager Muricy Ramalho was delighted to have secured a replacement for the new year.
"We want long contracts to form a more successful generation than the last," Muricy told reporters.