Flamengo sign Arsenal defender Santos

Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian soccer giant Flamengo has signed Arsenal defender Andre Santos on a two-year contract.

Santos completed the player`s medical here Thursday after negotiations were fast-tracked to meet Brazil`s July 20 transfer deadline.

Under terms of the deal, Flamengo will own 50 percent of the player`s transfer rights and Santos the rest.

The 30-year-old fell out of favour with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger last year after managing just 23 first-team appearances in 18 months.

He joined Gremio on loan in February but was released following the Porto Alegre side`s exit from the Copa Libertadores in May.

The left-back represented Flamengo in 2005 and 2006, helping the club win the Copa do Brasil in his second year.