Arsenal sign Wellington Silva on a long term deal, but plan to send him out on loan. [Picture: Getty]
Arsenal are on the lookout for world class stars this summer, but will also be looking to lose a few players as well, to free up space and funds going into the transfer window.
Arsenal have extended the contract of Brazilian star Wellington Silva and will now be seeking to send him out on loan to another English side according to reports from ESPN.
Silva has been on the books of the Gunners since joining from Fluminense in 2011, but his failure to get a work permit in England saw him shipped out to Spain where he has spent the past five seasons on loan at Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina, Murcia and Almeria.
Having been given a Spanish citizenship, Silva who is yet to play for Arsenal, was granted his work permit in April 2015 clearing the way for him to finally play professional football in England.
Arsenal have been reportedly making efforts to sign the forward on a long term deal with his previous contract set to expire in 2016; and having finally secured that extension, the Gunners want to ensure the 22-year old gains valuable English football experience before giving him a chance to fight for a place in the team.
Silva was not included in Arsene Wenger’s 27-man squad to the pre-season tour of Singapore, and the presence of stars such as Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud, means the Brazilian has a lot of work to do if he must break in to the Emirates first team side.
Some Premier League and Championship sides have been made aware of Silva’s availability and in a couple of weeks, Wenger will be expected to decide on the best development destination for the Brazilian.