Italian giants AC Milan may make a surprising move for unwanted Arsenal midfielder Denilson. The 24-year-old Brazilian spent the last season on loan at his hometown club of São Paulo and is set to extend his loan with the club this season. However, the Daily Mail reports there is a clause in the contract with the Brazilian club that will allow the Gunners to recall their player if they agree a permanent transfer with any other team.
Denilson signed for Arsenal on deadline day of the 2006 summer transfer window, for a reported £3.5m. His transfer was greeted with considerable scepticism given his obvious lack of first team experience. In fact, he was not even considered a first team regular at São Paolo.
"We all thought it a bit strange when he went to Arsenal. He had played only a few times for his club [Sao Paulo]. He was discreet, he never stood out. I only saw him a couple of times; he was basically a reserve," Tostao, a member of Brazil's 1970 World Cup-winning team, was quoted as saying in a 2007 Guardian report.
South Korean Returns to the Continent?
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger's summer of rebuilding is to continue and the latest Gunner to be linked with an exit from the Emirates is South Korean international Park Chu-Young. The striker represented his country at the men's football event in the London Olympics 2012, scoring twice in six games to help take bronze. However, his Arsenal career has been considerably less impressive.
The 27-year-old forward signed late in last season's transfer window, as part of a mass of players Wenger introduced after the epic 2-8 drubbing from rivals Manchester United in an early league fixture. Since then, he has made only six appearances and scored just once, in the League Cup against Bolton Wanderers. However, despite his poor track record (he managed only 27 strikes in 103 appearances for his previous club, AS Monaco), it appears newly promoted La Liga club Celta Vigo are interested in his services.
Unfortunately, the Metro reports that Vigo are operating on a very tight budget and cannot afford the Gunners' £2m valuation of the player. It is understood that the Spanish club will now approach Wenger with a loan proposal with a view to a permanent transfer next summer.