Andre Santos is on his way back to Arsenal after being deemed ‘too expensive’ by Gremio.
The left-back was shipped out on loan to the Brazilian club shortly after Arsenal completed the signing of Nacho Monreal from Malaga.
But, after Gremio’s exit from the Copa Libertadores, Santos will be sent back to London to sort out the next part of his career.
“We signed André Santos for Copa Libertadores and his contract expires in July,” said the club’s football director, Marcos Chitolina. “It would be too expensive for Grêmio to renew his contract, he is a very expensive player.”
With two other left-backs, on their books, including former Mugsmasher Fábio Aurélio, the Gremio door has been closed for Andre.
“We thank everything André Santos has done, but we will keep Alex Telles and Fábio Aurélio”, said Chitolina.
It’s not any surprise this has happened, nor does it significantly alter the future of a player who has been recently recalled to the national team.
It just means he, and Arsenal, have plenty of time to find him a club before the new season.