Arsenal have confirmed their first summer signing after completing a deal for highly-rated Brazilian winger Marquinhos. The Gunners are expected to be incredibly busy during the transfer window and Marquinhos marks their first foray into the market.
The 19-year-old, who joins the North Londoners from Sao Paulo, has been dubbed a ‘player for the future’ by technical director Edu. Marquinhos is likely to be eased into Mikel Arteta’s first team and could feature for the club’s U23 team.
“We’re delighted to have completed the transfer with Sao Paulo, as Marquinhos was a player we had been watching for a while. At 19, he is still very young, so he is a player for the future,” Edu told the club’s website.
“We look forward to Marquinhos now joining us for pre-season, making his new home, and continuing to grow and develop with us.”
Arsenal hit a slight obstacle in their bid to sign the teenager. It was widely reported that Wolves felt they had a pre-agreement to sign Marquinhos this summer, and the Midlands club are believed to be seeking legal advice, according to The Athletic.
The player made 33 for Sao Paulo last season and attracted plenty of interest from across Europe. Arsenal have secured a coup in attracting him to the Emirates Stadium, amid speculation that he could join another of football’s elite clubs.
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