According to a report in the Brazilian media, Sao Paulo now have no interest in keeping Denilson on a permanent basis once his loan ends at the end of June meaning Arsenal will have to source another buyer if they are to offload the midfielder this summer.
Despite earning regular game time, estadao.com.br claim that a recent drop in form (comedy own goal anyone?) and an untimely and unseemly spat with a fan via social media will cost Denilson the chance to strut his stuff at the Morumbi in the long-term.
The 25-year-old initially returned to his former club on a temporary basis ahead of the 2011/12 season before being granted an extension for the length of this term after impressing during last year’s Sao Paulo’s Copa Sudamerica triumph.
As recently as January Sao Paulo spoke positively about keeping Denilson with vice-president Paulo de Jesus Lopes stating:
“I believe we’ll reach an agreement with Arsenal. 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.”
The player himself also talked about the potential deal in February claiming that talks had already begun.
“We are talking slowly. I have a quiet mind as I feel the confidence of São Paulo in me. I believe that we can get it right, but I prefer to focus on the matches.
“Lets leave the contract to my lawyer to resolve with São Paulo.”
Alas, highlighting three main reasons for not pushing forward with the deal, Estadao’s report first claims the player has lost the trust of the management due to a lack of effort before citing Arsenal’s £7 million asking price and alternative midfield options as key factors in Sao Paulo’s change of tack.
The article maintains that Sao Paulo, presumably out of respect for the player, won’t speak publicly of their desire to return Denilson to North London until his contract ends on 30 June.
Amazingly, having signed a new deal at Arsenal in September 2009, our crab-like DM still has another year left on his contract at the Emirates. He’s not played for us since May 2011 but with one last chance to get a fee for him this summer Arseblog News suggests Ivan Gazidis and Dick Law start sending YouTube links and highlight DVDs to as many clubs as possible…
It’s either that or we accept he’s going to be paraded as Diaby’s replacement.