One week for Arsenal to flog unhappy £6.2m flop who 'had to return'

The Brazilian transfer window for signing foreign players closes next Saturday; leaving Arsenal with a race against time to flog Andre Santos.

Whether just playing poorly, driving at 150mph in a 40 zone or deciding to swap shirts with gone away striker Robin van Persie at half-time it is fair to say that Brazilian ‘defender’ Andre Santos has had a pretty tumultuous time since joining the Gunners for £6.2 million from Fenerbahce.

But it was his dubious credentials as a defender that in the end proved the final nail in his coffin. The Gunners brought in Nacho Monreal from Malaga and the Samba star was shipped out on loan to Gremio.

His six months in Porto Alegre were positive for the player and he continually spoke of his desire to remain with the club; even when he came back to North London.

Obviously realising he was no longer in the first-team plans of Arsene Wenger he realised that a return to the Gunners essentially meant time on the side-lines.

‘’My loan deal is over. It was six months long and now I am returning. Gremio had an agreement with Arsenal and I have to return. I wanted to stay. Gremio were fair regarding everything. I felt well there and I wanted to win a title before leaving. Unfortunately there is no deal and I had to return to Arsenal."

Had to return? Yes you heard it right. I think it is fair to say that Santos is a player that Arsenal could certainly do without next season.

And reports in Brazil suggest that they might just have a suitor.

Gremio may not be able to afford him but Flamengo boss Mano Menezes is said to be interested in bringing the attacking full-back in next season as he worked with him previously at Corinthians.

Other teams in the Brazilian league are also said to be interested; but Arsenal might want to get a move on.

The Brazilian transfer window for signing foreign based players expires next Saturday and with that any realistic chance of getting Santos off the books before the start of the Premier League season.

The likelihood is that Santos wants a return to his homeland in order to fight for a place in the Brazilian squad for the World Cup next summer; something he may struggle to do playing in the reserves for Arsenal or back in Turkey - another potential destination.

Realistically if Arsenal want to get Santos on the move, which they surely do, then they have a week to do so.

Ready, steady … go.

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