Sao Paulo to sign Emirates ace permanently.
Arsenal midfielder Denilson is set to turn his loan move to Sao Paulo into a permanent switch back to Brazil after the club opened discussions over a transfer fee.
Denilson, a Brazilian under-17 international, started his career with Sao Paulo before the then 18-year-old making a £3.4million switch to Arsenal in 2006. But, after a 153 appearance during five seasons with the north London club, he headed back home to rejoin Sao Paulo on loan in 2011.
The 24-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan with Sao Paulo, who he helped win the Copa Sudeamericana last year, in two separate agreements and is now willing to seal a permanent transfer back to Brazil.
“I believe we’ll reach an agreement with Arsenal,” Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes told UOL.
“We have heard from Denilson that he doesn’t want to return to England, that he wants to stay here with us. I think our relations with Arsenal will help that to happen.”
Arsene Wenger is performing a clear-out of unwanted players at Arsenal with Denilson joining Johan Djourou, who has headed to Hannover in the Bundesliga on loan, and Marouane Chamakh, who will spend the remainder of the season with West Ham, through the exit door.
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