Denilson (pictured above in yellow, but without a head) could remain an Arsenal player until June 2013, although he won’t be playing at the Emirates anytime soon.
According to Samba Football, the crab-tastic Brazilian looks set for a 12-month extension to his current loan spell with Sao Paulo after the club’s hierarchy announced they were eager to retain his services following an upturn in form.
“Our conversation was that we have every interest in continuing as we are,” said João Paulo de Jesus Lopes, vice-president of São Paulo. “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.”
Pretty much frozen out by Arsene Wenger last season following the rise of Jack Wilshere and return of Aaron Ramsey, the 24-year-old returned to his childhood club during the summer casting major doubts on his long-term future at the Emirates.
While few fans will shed a tear about Denilson’s continued absence, the fact that Ivan Gazidis seems unable to negotiate a transfer fee for the midfielder demonstrates the danger of handing young and average squad members big-money, long-term deals.
It remains to be seen whether the likes of Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela continue to be loaned or if a similar situation pans out for them as well.