Reports have been circulating that Arsene Wenger is readying himself for a mass summer clear out of the perceived ‘dead weight’ that have been adding an enormous amount of unnecessary wages onto the pay bill.
Denilson looks set to be the first of a long list of second-rate departures with Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes signaling his intentions for retaining the on-loan midfielder at the Brazilian club, however it may just be an extension of the loan spell but it will save the Gunners paying his wage package.
The 24-year-old is currently on a season-long loan with his hometown club Sao Paolo with his days at the Emirates seem numbered as his number 15 shirt has been taken over by new starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
According to goal.com, Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes told reporters:
Our conversation was that we have every interest in continuing as we are. We want to renew at the end of the contract and he has said he wants too.
He [Denilson] will speak with his representatives who will contact the English club. There is no rush because he is here until the middle of the year.
This is good news for the Gunners as they will be eager to rid of the Brazilian from their cheque book, and hopefully he can continue to better his reputation then he can make the deal permanent at the end of next season.
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In the meantime it will be useful for the midfielder to continue to develop and raise his relatively low price tag so Arsenal can make some money off a player that failed to live up to his initial potential. Next up on the to-sell list is Arshavin, Almunia, Squillaci, Chamakh, Vela and maybe even Park!