Gremio confirms loan deal for Arsenal defender Santos

Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian club Gremio has confirmed the signing of Arsenal defender Andre Santos on a one-year loan deal.

Santos trained with the Porto Alegre outfit Monday and is expected to play in the side`s 2013 Copa Liberatdores opener against Chile`s Huachipato at Arena do Gremio Thursday.

The left-back has made just 23 first-team appearances for the Gunners since his 2011 move from Turkey`s Fenerbahce.

Gremio officials also confirmed Argentine striker Hernan Barcos has been registered with Brazil`s football confederation (CBF) for Copa Libertadores team squads.

The 28-year-old joined Gremio last week after his former club Palmeiras accepted a USD 3 million transfer fee and five players on loan.

Barcos is hopeful the move will improve his chances regaining his place in Argentina`s national team ahead of next year`s FIFA World Cup.

"I want to play as well as I can at my new club to have another chance of representing my country," Barcos said.


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