Arsenal full back in talks with club in home country, but must finalise deal before transfer window shuts on July 20th.
Arsenal left back Andre Santos is in talks to move back to his home country of Brazil, but faces a race against time to secure a Flamengo transfer.
The Brazilian transfer window closes on July 20th, meaning there are just three details to finalise the move, but Globo Esporte claim that negotiations have progressed.
Santos has found himself surplus to requirements at Emirates Stadium.
The 30 year-old is now between third and fourth in the Gunners’ pecking order at left back, with Kieran Gibbs, Nacho Monreal and arguably even centre half Thomas Vermaelen ahead of him in the battle for selection.
Santos’ Arsenal career has been defined by the occasional glorious high and a plethora of cataclysmic mistakes.
For a defender, his terrible positioning and perceived lack of effort are huge gripes with the Emirates Stadium support.
When the Gunners faced Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup last season, both Seagulls goals came from attacks down Santos’ flank. The Brazilian was constantly caught out of position against nPower Championship opposition, and is even more of a liability in the Premier League.
His more attacking play ought to put him better stead in Brazil, where a full back is often the main threat from the flank, and he performed well at Gremio in the last campaign.
Arsenal will allow him to leave for a nominal fee.