He’s signed a personal endorsement package to represent Multiple Energy Technologies back in Brazil, which could be the biggest giveaway sign yet that he’s planning to leave the Gunners at the end of the season.
The left back was sent out on loan quickly to Gremio earlier in the season when it became very obvious that he wasn’t going to get into the Arsenal side ahead of Kieran Gibbs or Nacho Monreal.
Even when he did force his way into the team, he looked uninterested and certainly way below the quality and performance levels, which Arsenal fans have come to demand from the club’s players.
The deal seems to be aimed it his promotion of Bio Technology products in Brazil, which is something that would be very difficult for him to do if he planned to stay in North London.
More significantly it seems the plan is aimed at the South American market in general, virtually eradicating any possibility that Santos could handle his promotions from a London base.
It should be welcome news to Arsenal fans, because there is now real optimism that he could be leaving the club.
That will free up an extra space in the back four, with Arsene Wenger having the option to bring in some extra defensive cover during the summer transfer window.
At 30-years-old a permanent move back home is also probably in the best interests of the player because he just hasn’t look interested in playing for the club on the eight occasions he was used by Wenger earlier in the season.
There have already been a few rumblings over possible deals for him Brazil with the only reluctance coming because he’s on a long and expensive contract with Arsenal.
That’s the only worry for the Gunners because it wouldn’t be surprising if he stayed with Arsenal and decided to just take the money, which is something that a lot of other professional players have done in the past.
Arsenal are not in the financial position where they need to play hard ball over this sort of transfer, as they have well over £100 million in profits in the bank to play with.
If it comes to it, and it more than likely will, Wenger is fortunate to be in a position where the club could sell him at a loss and not suffer the consequences too badly owing to the current financial strength Arsenal enjoy.
Would you be happy to see the back of him for good?
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