Denilson set to complete permanent switch to Sao Paulo.
Arsenal midfielder Denilson is close to completing a permanent transfer to Sao Paulo, having spent the past two years on loan at the Brazilian club.
Denilson, a Brazilian under-17 international, started his career with Sao Paulo before making a £3.4million switch to Arsenal in 2006, aged 18.
But, after a 153 appearances during five seasons with the North London club, he headed back home to rejoin the Brazilians on loan in 2011.
The 24-year-old has spent the last two seasons 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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