Arsenal stuck with Wellington as Bordeaux cancel deal


Wellington Silva’s move to Bordeaux has collapsed after the Brazilian failed a medical.

The unexpected development means Arsenal could be stuck with a player that they were trying to turn a quick profit on.

After six years as a Gunner without a single first team appearance to his name, Wellington was allowed to re-join Fluminense last summer. Last week, we opted to trigger a buy-back clause in the 24-year-old’s contract with a view to selling him to Bordeaux for £5 million with a new sell-on clause added.

That deal looked done and dusted – Bordeaux even said as much – only for the Ligue 1 side to cancel the press conference at which he was due to be unveiled. They’ve since confirmed the decision was taken for medical reasons.

So what next? There are so many questions…

Did we do our own medical before sending him to France? If so, how did this happen? Has Bordeaux’s medical uncovered a serious problem? Will other suitors be put off signing the lad leaving us responsible for nursing him back to full fitness?

We wait to hear more. As things stand it looks like a bit of a mess and you have to feel for the player.

UPDATE – It looks as though Wellington will return to Fluminense after all. has quotes from Wellington’s agent who had this to say on the failed medical: “During the medical tests, a small inflammation of the pubis was detected. It’s nothing serious, the athlete is able to play, but the French club has chosen not to finalise the transfer.”

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