Arsenal move to secure Brazilian signing

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Arsenal are set to process work permit forms for Pedro Botelho as they attempt to finally bring the Brazilian to the Emirates.

The 20-year-old signed for the north London club three-years ago, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger beating off string competition to land the Figueirense youngster back in 2007.

Interestingly, Wenger was set to sign Argentine winger Angel Di Maria at the same time, although a £2 million deal fell through. The international that got away joined Real Madrid yesterday (Tuesday).

Botelho was instantly loaned out to Spain, with second division side UD Salamanca taking on the left back for two consecutive seasons. The second campaign was cut-short though, with Botelho and the coaching staff having 'differences' that led to him being returned to the Gunners.

Still unable to play in England due to work permit restrictions, Wenger loaned the defender out to Celta Vigo, another club in the Spanish Segunda division.

Botelho featured heavily in the campaign, playing a vital role in the Cope Del Rey run that saw Los Celestes reach the quarter finals of the competition, knocking out La Liga side Villarreal on the way.

However, another disagreement with coaching staff saw Botelho leave a club in acrimonious circumstances.

The player is set to meet with Arsenal officials to discuss his future in the coming days, and Young Guns reports that the Gunners will strive to secure a permit for Botelho in the next fortnight.

If they fail, the possibility of a fourth season on loan is an option. More likely, the club will look to sell the youngster should an acceptable offer be made.

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