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€11 million Brazilian deal could lead to Arsenal offloading left-back

Arsenal may just have received good news in their quest to offload Andre Santos this summer.

Arsenal's Andre Santos had pretty much the season from hell at Arsenal this campaign, his form as poor as his decision to swap shirts with opponent Robin van Persie at half-time - Which saw him lambasted by his own fans.

So bad in fact that the club saw fit to loan him out even after the British transfer window had closed, packing him off to his native Brazil with Gremio.

Hopes they had of the club deciding to purchase him took a blow, when Gremio coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo said they were making an easy decision to send him back to Arsenal, because they couldn't afford to keep him.

He said: "This is a great player and an expensive contract. It worked. But you can not continue."

As of today the situation could just have changed, after Gremio secured a major windfall from selling one of their top stars.

Shakhtar Donetsk splashed out €11 million to sign midfielder Fernando, to replace the closely named Fernandinho, who they sold to Manchester City.

Connecting the dots, this now gives Gremio funds to put towards the purchase of Andre Santos, and his wages. They have already replaced Fernando by adding former Sunderland man Cristian Riveros.

The Brazilian clearly no longer has a future at Arsenal, with Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal in front of him and an exit is in his interests.

While at Gremio he won his place back in the Brazil squad, even though he just missed out on a spot in the Confederations Cup.

If he wants to play a part at next year's World Cup, he needs to be playing regularly, not sitting in the stands at the Emirates.

Arsenal have been extremely effective already this summer cutting adrift their 'deadwood', with Denilson's contract cancelled, Bendtner to be sold imminently, and Squillaci and Arshavin released.

Gremio's windfall gives their excuse not to buy the Brazilian little weight, and Arsenal can now go about actively pursuing a sale of the player to free up even more funds for incoming transfers.

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