After only 18 months in England, Andre Santos could be heading back to Turkey amidst interest from Turkish giants Galatasary. The 29-year-old joined from Fenerbache in a £6.2 million deal last summer but has found playing time hard to come by.
Arsene Wenger prefers Kieran Gibbs at left-back, limiting Santos to only 17 starts for the Gunners. The Brazil international may seek a move away this January in order to secure himself first-team football. Galatasray Chief executive Lutfi Aribogan confirmed the club’s interest.
‘A move is possible. Andre Santos is one of the names we have on our list. We currently have no contact with his club and the player himself,’ he said.
However, Arsene will be unlikely to allow the Brazilian to leave unless a replacement can be found. Were Gibbs to pick up an injury, then the boss would be left without adequate cover. The problem would be finding someone willing to play second fiddle to Gibbs.
Arsene may have to look for an experienced left-back, perhaps willing to develop as a player at the club. Someone along the lines of Southampton’s young and promising Luke Shaw would be ideal The England youth international is the latest player to graduate from Southampton’s academy and made his first-team debut in last year’s FA Cup. He would be following in the footsteps of both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who made the move to the Emirates in their teens.
Costing around £5 million, Shaw would definitely be one for the future. So if Wenger does step up his interest then expect to see Santos leave this January.