According to reports, La Liga side Real Betis have opened talks with Arsenal over the temporary signature of Wellington Silva, who is still yet to feature for the first-team.
Wellington joined us four years ago, from Brazilian outfit Fluminense, for a transfer fee of £2.5m. The 22-year-old’s raw acceleration, coupled with his dribbling and exciting flair were all intriguing aspects of his game that he was hoping to showcase in England.
However, he has spent his time on loan spells elsewhere since his move, as he was unable to obtain a work permit to start training in London when his signing was officially announced. Last term was arguably his best, in terms of assists as well as his overall contribution to the cause.
At Almeria, he created six goals in the 2014/15 campaign and was a constant threat on the flank for the Spanish side. With the abundance of riches at Arsène Wenger’s disposal, it’d seem premature to guarantee the Brazilian regular first-team opportunities; so another loan spell seems likely.
Wenger may be more open to sending Silva on loan to a side in England instead, to get him accustomed to the physicality of the league. Over the past five seasons he’s constantly been in Spain, whether that be in the top tier or the second division.
Plenty of Championship clubs, as well as a few Premier League sides, would be open to a temporary deal for him, and his future is expected to be settled by the end of the window.
When he does eventually go out on loan, he’ll be Arsenal’s eleventh player loaned out this summer. Hopefully he can impress, wherever that may be, and earn his place as a mainstay in the side for years to come.