Arsenal winger Wellington Silva has posted a picture on Instagram revealing his latest loan move is to Bolton Wanderers. Despite neither club confirming a deal on their official websites, the 22-year-old Brazilian has posed for a photo alongside his agent signing a contract in a Trotters training top.
With a move to the Reebok Stadium in place, Wellington is now in line to feature for a sixth different club since arriving at the Emirates Stadium – with Arsenal not one of them. His previous moves have all been to Spain, playing for Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina, Murcia and Almeria.
These short-term deals have largely been dictated by the Gunners' inability to secure a work permit for the player. The Football Association's decision to deny Wellington a "Special Talent Visa" in December 2010 has subsequently triggered five moves away from the Emirates Stadium in as many seasons.
However, the FA provided a work permit for the player in April after he was granted Spanish citizenship, which has opened the door for Wellington to represent an English team this season.
Bolton have won the race for the player, having given Jack Wilshere an opportunity to shine back in 2010, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be hoping the former Fluminese starlet can impress in the second tier of English football when given the opportunity by manager Neil Lennon.
ESPN reports his first chance to adapt to English football might come as quickly as 18 August, with Wellington's inclusion in the Bolton squad to face MK Dons a realistic possibility.