FC Schalke 04 officially confirmed the capture of VfL Wolfsburg right-back William Furtado on Monday.
Negotiations to bring Brazilian fullback William de Acevedo Furtado (simply known as William) to Gelsenkirchen concluded on Monday. Germany's Königsblauen now have a €10 million player to fill the vacant right-back slot that has caused them headaches all season.
The 25-year-old, injured prior to the start of the season, effectively lost his starting place for Germany's green company team when Ridle Baku and Kevin Mbabu rose ahead of him on the depth chart. He only made two meaningless late injury-time appearances for the VfL this season.
"I can't wait to get finally get started with Schalke," the defender said in a statement published on the club's website, "We have 16 games left to collect the points necessary to stay in the league and I'm eager to achieve this goal with the club."
The loan arrangement keeps William in Nordrhein-westfallen through the end of the season. Multiple sources report that the the negotiations dragged on whilst Schalke and Wolfsburg figured out a way to split responsibility for paying the Brazilian's wages.