Brazilian soccer giant Flamengo has signed Arsenal defender Andre Santos on a two-year contract.Santos completed the medical on Thursday after negotiations were fast-tracked to meet Brazil`s July 20 transfer deadline,According to Daily mail.
Andre Santos has cancelled his contract at Arsenal and agreed a two-year deal with Brazilian club Flamengo who will own 50 per cent of his economic rights.The 30-year-old returned to the Emirates Stadium after spending the second half of last season on loan with Gremio.
Flamengo’s director of football Paulo Pelaipe told :
The Arsenal document we were waiting has come.
Everything is agreed between the player and the club. We are just waiting for the document that authorises the transfer to announce him, it should come by Friday.
Andre Santos is already at the club’s hotel.
Santos has also expressed his joy at the imminent switch and hopes to play his part in a successful period for Flamengo. He said :
The feeling couldn’t be better, as I am very happy with the achievement of playing for a great club like Flamengo.
I feel like a winner. I hope to make history here, be champions and help Flamengo win many games and titles.
Under terms of the deal, Flamengo will own 50 percent of the player`s transfer rights and Santos the rest.The 30-year-old fell out of favour with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger last year after managing just 23 first-team appearances in 18 months.
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Arsenal have finally got rid of much-maligned defender Andre Santos.The hapless 29-year-old arrived at the Emirates from Fenerbahce for a fee of £6.2m in August 2011 but failed miserably with the Gunners. He made just 13 league starts in one-and-a-half seasons, and still managed to turn in some shocking performances.
His lowest point came at Old Trafford earlier this season when he made the bizarre decision to swap shirts with former team-mate and Arsenal hate-figure Robin van Persie at half-time, incensing the fans.
He will not be fondly remembered by the Arsenal faithful. Eventhough Arsenal wont recoup any of the millions we paid for him but many will be happy to see him off the wage as he is on a reported £45k per week.
Are you happy to see him go?