Lopes: We will reach agreement with Arsenal for midfielder
Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes is hopeful the club will be able to turn Denilson’s loan from Arsenal into a permanent transfer.
The 24 year old is currently on loan at the club he began his career at for the second successive season, and according to Sky Sports the Brazilian side would like to extend his stay.
Denilson’s return to the club began in controversy as he was sent off in two of his first three matches, and criticised fans for their dissent against manager Adilson Batista, resulting in some declaring the club should never play him again.
He has since found some form in the first team, and it seems his poor start has been forgiven.
Reaching an agreement
“I believe we’ll reach an agreement with Arsenal,” Lopes said. ”We have heard from Denilson that he doesn’t want to return to England, that he wants to stay here with us. I think our relations with Arsenal will help that to happen.”
Despite being considered a first team player by manager Arsene Wenger, Denilson often put in underwhelming performances, and was never a huge favourite amongst Gunners fans.
He was signed as one of the world’s most promising youth players, but will be remembered by some as being the epitome of Wenger’s failed plan to dominate English football with a young team.