Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Marquinhos from Sao Paolo. The Brazilian winger becomes the Gunners’ first piece of business this summer and arrives on what football.london understands to be a five year contract for a fee believed to be in the region of £3 million.
The 19-year-old made his first team debut for Sao Paolo last year and has gone on to make 41 appearances, scoring four times and making three assists. He was also part of the squad who won the Compeonato Paulista in 2021.
Arsenal had faced competition from Wolves for Marquinhos’ signature, but have now won the race to get their man. It is expected that he will now join up with the Gunners for pre-season, with players set to report back to London Colney in two weeks time.
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“We’re delighted to have completed the transfer with Sao Paulo, as Marquinhos was a player we had been watching for a while,” said technical director Edu. “At 19, he is still very young, so he is a player for the future. We look forward to Marquinhos now joining us for pre-season, making his new home, and continuing to grow and develop with us.”
The arrival of Marquinhos will not have any impact on Arsenal’s summer transfer plans. football.london understands that the Gunners are keen to bring in a striker with Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus high on the agenda. The club are also targeting a midfielder, with Youri Tielemans of Leicester among those linked, while Bologna defender Aaron Hickey also being targeted.
Arsenal will announce their second piece of business before the end of this month when the signing of American goalkeeper Matt Turner is confirmed. Turner’s current club New England Revolution have already moved to make the deal official at their end, but the Gunners are holding off on announcing it until the 27-year-old completes his medical.