Levante want to sign Arsenal’s permanently on-loan left-back Pedro Botelho, according to reports in Spain.
AS says that manager Juan Ignacio Martínez has prioritised the signing of the Brazilian who spent the second half of last season with the Valencian club.
Despite well publicised off-field issues, Botelho impressed during his spell at Levante making 14 appearances, and the club want him to compete with Juanfran for the left back position.
Botelho spent the first part of last season on loan at Rayo Vallecano but was released after a drink driving incident during which he reversed into a parked police car then legged it.
Valencia-Cadena SER Radio also report that he has a number of offers to return to Brazil but his preference is to stay in Spain. Also, because he only has one year left on his contract with Arsenal, we want to sell him this summer rather than loan him out again.
Quite what kind of fee we might recoup for him remains to be seen, but it’s a curiosity of modern Arsenal supporting life that there’s such awareness of a player who has never played for the club and has never appeared good enough to do so.