The future of Arsenal midfielder Denilson is very much up in the air with Sao Paulo sending out mixed signals about their interest in the player. Denilson, who had a rather public falling out with the club, and its supporters prior to his move back home to Brazil on loan last season will return to North London next month to begin pre-season training with the English giants.
Sao Paulo have apparently rejected the opportunity to sign the midfielder permanently, citing Arsenal’s expected transfer fee for him is way too high for them to be able to afford. However, Vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes has added another dimension to rumours surrounding the youngster’s future by declaring to Globo Esporte that perhaps the Gunners are keen on giving Denilson another chance at the club.
De Jesus Lopes said: ‘Arsenal’s staff want him to return but we are waiting for [director of football] Adalberto Baptista to have talks with them. They liked his performances, they liked Denilson’s development. That’s why they want him to return.’
However, the crafty bureaucrat added that he was still hopeful that Sao Paulo could still nab the midfielder, perhaps once again on loan, thereby avoiding paying the transfer fee, and running down the time left on Denilson’s contract.