Speaking yesterday, Pedro Abad, explained the situation surrounding the winger:
“When we brought him in last year, there was a clause that allowed Arsenal to buy him back for a fixed amount. There is nothing we can do. Another club (Bordeaux, France) made a proposal that beats that value and Arsenal already said they will exercise this clause. So he should leave.”
The buyback clause allows the Gunners to re-sign the Brazilian for £3.5million (€4million) and then sell on the 24 year old for a profit. It was reported by Globo Esporte that Bordeaux had made a move for the player, and it seems Arsenal have been given guarantees by the French club they will bid more than the £3.5million that the Gunners will need to pay Fluminense.
Wellington Silva signed for Arsenal from Fluminense all the way back in 2011. He did not make a senior appearance for the club and he spent most of his time out on loan with spells at Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina, Real Murcia and Almeria. He returned permanently to Brazil last July but will now be making the move to France instead.