The Gunners twittersphere is busy with all things David Villa at present, with plenty of rumours suggesting the Spaniard has flown into London ahead of a medical with Arsenal. Elsewhere, in South America Denilson’s current club Sao Paolo are looking to retain the services of the Brazilian on a permanent basis.
It is no secret Arsene Wenger is in the market for a new striker, with Fernando Llorente inevitably heading to Juve, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar remaining at Schalke, Demba Ba now a Chav and question marks over Athletico Madrid’s Adrian Lopez – David Villa has potentially become Arsenal’s top transfer target.
David Villa is however 31, plays at the best club in the world that is battling for the La Liga/UCL titles and has spent a year on the sidelines from a nasty broken leg. It seems an unlikely deal at best but rumours are hotting up surrounding Spain’s all time leading goalscorer.
Football.co.uk believe Wenger has actually taken to the phone and contacted Villa (tapping up at it’s finest), while plenty of rumours are circulating on twitter that the Spaniard has actually landed in London for a medical at the Emirates. The rumours seem too good to be true, so for now I’d say for Gooners not to get their hopes up too much.
Skysports has reported that Brazilian international Denilson will most likely remain at his boyhood club Sao Paolo where he has spent the past two seasons on loan, as the Club have admitted they are looking to secure a permanent deal for the midfielder.
Denilson spent five turbulent years with the Gunners before falling out of favour with the Arsenal faithful and Arsene Wenger, consequently rejoining Sao Paolo in 2011 on a season long loan .
The Brazilian side are now keen to reach a permanent agreement with the Gunners, something which will be welcomed by Wenger.
Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes told UOL:
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.
Despite playing 150 times for the Gunners senior side, the midfielder never looked like nailing down a regular spot during his last season which saw a radical dip in form from the exciting young talent he first seemed to be.
With Arsenal desperately needing an out-and-out solid defensive midfielder and the box-to-box role well stocked with a couple of attacking options there is absolutely no place for Denilson. The best thing is to sort a deal soon and let that be the end of the 24-year-olds name on Arsenal’s books. But best of luck to the Brazilian.