Former Arsenal youngster Wellington Silva is set to complete a move to Internacional by next week, according to reports.

Fluminese forward, Wellington, could soon join Internacional on loan as part of a swap deal involving Eduardo Sasha heading the other way.

According to Correio do Povo in Brazil, the deal could go ahead at some point next week after the players have completed their medicals.

They report that Silva has struggled this season with his pubis. It seems to be the same issue that caused him to fail his medical with Bordeaux during the summer transfer window while Sasha has also had his own injury problems to contend with.

Arsenal had the option of buying the Brazilian back from Fluminese for £1.5m during the summer. They then going to sell him on to Bordeaux for £3m.

However, the 24-year-old failed his medical, and returned to Brazil.

It’s uncertain if the buy-back clause still exists or if Arsenal have any intention of using it again.

Silva signed for Arsenal in 2010 and was registered with the club for six years despite not making a single first team appearance. He was initially granted a ‘special talent’ visa but loans in Spain became necessary when the Home Office reversed their decision.

His only appearances in English football came during a loan spell with Bolton. The winger scored two goals (against QPR and Wolves) and assisted four in his time at the Championship club. He even delivered a Man of the Match performance in Keith Lasley’s testimonial against Motherwell.

However, his time there was blighted by a hamstring injury, which kept him sidelined from from October to December. He was then left out of the squad from February onward.

Arsenal allowed him to return to Fluminese in 2016.

The Brazilian originally signed for Fluminense when he was just 11, staying with them for six years before Arsenal came calling after initially inviting him to a trial in 2008 which saw him score four goals for the Academy in a game against Norwich.

Sadly, that was probably his Arsenal career highlight.

He scored two and assisted one in 23 games and 1,322 minutes of football in 2017.

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