Fluminese manager Abel Braga has confirmed that Wellington Silva has left the club due to Arsenal’s buyback clause.

  • Silva will be sold immediately to Bordeaux
  • Arsenal had the option to buy Silva back for 55% of his economic rights
  • Silva joined Fluminese for free in 2016

The situation around Silva is certainly a strange one, but everything appears to be going ahead as reported.

Arsenal are set to activate a buyback clause that’ll allow them to re-purchase Silva for around £4m before selling him to Bordeaux.

Fluminese manager Abel Braga has confirmed that the clause does exist, and that the move is happening.

“We know that the window is always cruel. If you have a clause, there is nothing to do. I learned of the clause because he came for free in 2016. Fluminese can’t do anything and will be losing another great player.”

Silva was a promising talent when he was signed by Arsenal, but struggled to adapt to life in Europe at such a young age.

Due to not having a work permit, Silva never featured for Arsenal, and was eventually let go in 2016.

Silva has rediscovered his form in Brazil and has scored seven goals this year for Fluminese.

Such form has attracted the interest of Ligue 1 side Bordeaux. Everything is agreed between the player and the club.

The unusual thing is that the deal will happen through Arsenal, instead of between Fluminese and Bordeaux.

Silva will not need to return to London and will head straight to France.

Perhaps Arsenal are planning on inserting another buy-back clause in this deal should he excel in France?

Who knows…