Arsene Wenger set to sign Brazilian Wellington Silva

Feb 5, 2010
Bill Mann

Transfer Talk: Teenager from Fluminense due to join Arsenal next season

Another day, another 'wonderkid' linked with Arsenal. Yesterday The First Post reported that 15-year-old QPR sensation Raheem Sterling was torn between Fulham and the Gunners. Now it appears Arsene Wenger has his eyes on Brazilian Wellington Silva who, at 18, is at least old enough to make his own way to and from training.

According to the Daily Mirror, Wenger has been "impressed" with Silva after the Brazil midfielder's recent trial period with the Gunners and is set to sign the youngster.

Silva, who has represented Brazil at the Under-17 World Cup, proved his worth to Wenger in less glamorous surroundings this week, netting twice in an Arsenal friendly at Dagenham & Redbridge, a far cry from Silva's native Rio de Janeiro.
The Mirror says Silva's club, Fluminense, have agreed to a deal worth £3 million, though the player won't arrive at the Emirates until next season.
Talking of Brazilians, Robinho's flight from Manchester City back to his homeland has left a gap at the Eastlands that boss Roberto Mancini soon hopes to fill. The Mirror says Argentine striker Mauro Zarate could soon be on his way to City as a replacement for Robinho.
The 22-year-old Zarate has already tasted Premier League football, although admittedly it was with Birmingham during a six-month loan period in 2008. Now he's set for the big time with City.

Zarate has been scoring goals for Lazio this season in the Italian Serie A and Mancini is said to be "a big admirer" of the Argentine and keen to sign him. The Mirror reports that Zarate has a £30m buy-out clause in his Lazio contract, and City are in the throes of lining up a bid in the region of £20m to get their man before the start of the World Cup.

In other news, the Sun reports that AC Milan and Manchester United are busy hammering out a deal that will see the Italian club take the Reds' unhappy defender Nemanja Vidic in exchange for Dutch striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar.

The arrival of Fulham defender Chris Smalling at Old Trafford was a clear indication that Vidic no longer has a future in Manchester and AC Milan are keen to get their hands on him. In return they will offer the 26-year-old Huntelaar, a player for whom Ferguson has a lot of respect.

According to the Daily Mail Liverpool's Yossi Benayoun is now being chased not by one but two Russian clubs. Dynamo Moscow has long expressed a desire to sign the Israeli attacking midfielder, but now they have competition from Lokomotiv Moscow.

The paper says Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is "reluctant to sell" the 29-year-old, who joined the club in 2007 from West Ham, but his hand might be forced by the amount of cash being offered. The Mail has it on good authority that a £7.5m deal is on the table from Dynamo and now it's up to Lokomotiv to match or improve that offer.

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