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Arsenal in contract talks with Wellington Silva

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Wellington Silva is close to agreeing a new contract with Arsenal, according to ESPN.

Little is known about the 22-year-old, who originally joined Arsenal from Brazilian side Fluminense in 2009 but is yet to make his debut.

The Brazilian has had to endure life on the road with five separate loan deals to Spanish outfits Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina, Murica and Almeria after his application for a British work permit was denied.

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However, having help residence in Spain for a certain amount of time, he was granted Spanish citizenship last year. Thanks to EU law, he automatically qualifies for a work permit and the application's approval was confirmed in April.

Wellington has made more headlines for the wrong reasons than right since becoming an Arsenal player, but Arsene Wenger is still a firm admirer of the forward and wants his long-term future tied down to the club.

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He has just 12 months remaining on his current deal and Arsenal officials are determined to get a new one agreed upon before the start of next season.

Pre-season chance

It is likely that the future of Wellington will not be decided until after pre-season, but the suggestion is that he will play an important role in the forthcoming tour of Asia.

Should Wenger decide to loan him out again, he could at least allow an English club to take him, which would allow the Brazil youth international to adapt to the rigours of a more physical style of football as well as making it easier for Arsenal scouts to track his progress.

A club policy

But the new contract is likely to act as a guarantee for Arsenal that they will be able to get a transfer fee for him if and when they decide to sell on a permanent basis.

Joel Campbell was told to extend his Arsenal contract before joining Villarreal on loan and it looks as though that decision will mean the Gunners can ask for his full valuation this summer.

It is a club policy for player's to extend their contract before heading out on loan with the same demand currently being made of Carl Jenkinson, who looks set to seal a season-long loan move to Sunderland.

For Wellington, it looks as though he could be heading for the exit door with Arsenal hoping to make a profit on the £3.5m they paid for him.

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