According to reports in the Brazilian press, Andre Santos is set to sign a one-year loan deal with Flamengo (the club, not to be confused with the dance) today.
The left-back, who enjoyed a fruitful first spell on loan with the Rio outfit in 2005-06, has been deemed surplus to requirements by Arsene Wenger since January and has been looking for a new club having recently completed a short spell with another homeland side, Gremio.
Flamengo’s current manager, Mano Menezes, coached Santos for a year at Corinthians before the player moved to Europe and has spoken warmly about a possible deal. (translation by SambaFoot)
“We all know André [Santos] well. He played for Flamengo in the past besides working with me at Corinthians.
“He is an experienced full-back, has played in many places, has a lot of quality, a player that will add a lot if everything works out and the deal becomes official.”
It would appear, much like compatriots Denilson, Wellington Silva, and Pedro Botelho, that Santos is destined to see out the rest of his Gunners contract in a state of perma-loan. Perhaps the prospect of playing for his country at the World Cup next summer will give him the focus he all too often seemed to lack at the Emirates.
Best of luck to him.