Brazilian side Gremio have revealed they aren’t optimistic about extending Andre Santos’ loan deal when it expires in July despite wanting to keep the player until December.
The left-back signed a six-month contract with Vanderlei Luxemburgo’s side in January but is due to return to London in two months with Arsenal eager to offload the 30-year-old on a permanent basis during the summer transfer window.
Talking about negotiations with the Gunners, Gremio’s director of football, Rui Costa, told Fox Sports Brazil that it had been difficult enough securing Santos the first time round and that a new deal will depend on renegotiation.
“The condition of the loan was six months. We are talking but it’s hard,” he concluded.
Gremio aren’t the only Brazilian club that Arsenal will play poker with this summer. Denilson’s loan with Sao Paulo also ends in July with a permanent deal the only option Arsenal are willing to consider.
At the tail end of last month Sao Paulo’s vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes told ESPN Brasil:
“There are still more than 60 days left on his contract, so there are a couple of points to take into consideration.
“The first point is that we are interested in the player and the second point is that we must deal with this situation closer to the end of the deal.
“If we do it too early, it will end up costing us more money.”
With the likes of Ju-Young Park, Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner and Johan Djourou all due back from their respective loans in the coming weeks and Andrei Arshavin and Sebastien Squillaci also on the look out for pastures new, there’s the potential for a real clear-out this summer. Perhaps the ruthlessness shown at Academy level is a sign of things to come…
Thanks to @SiuFay for the heads up.