Arsenal have reached an agreement with Brazilian team Sau Paulo for the signature of Marquinhos. The 19-year-old is expected to be a prospect, although we may see him feature in pre-season.
The signing cost approximately around 3 million pounds. It was more of a gesture of goodwill from the Gunners as they could have got him for free. Marquinhos had signed a five-year contract with Sau Paulo in 2019, but according to FIFA regulations, a player signing their first professional contract can sign it for a maximum period of three years. Hence, as recognized by FIFA, the young winger was a free agent.
He was not in the squad for the Brazilian team’s encounter against Cuiaba on Sunday.
With the imminent departure of Alexander Lacazette and Edward Nketiah at the end of the season, along with Nicolas Pepe facing an uncertain future in North London, Arsenal would ideally need to bolster their attacking options. European football is certain, and quality depth along with young talent can go a long way in bringing back Arsenal among the continent’s elite. Apart from Marquinhos, Arsenal are expected to approach Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus too.
The Next Hot Talent From Sao Paulo?
A left-footed winger, Marquinhos made his debut as a substitute against EC Bahia in a 1-0 win. He worked his way up the Sau Paulo academy, making his first start against Racing Club in the second leg of the Round of 16 games. He even got himself a goal and assist. His journey is similar to another Sau Paulo speedster across North London, Lucas Moura, who has a similar playstyle and also burst through at the same age.
From there on, Marquinhos has put the ball in the back of the net 4 times in addition to 3 assists in 39 appearances. He also has picked up 3 caps for the U-17 Brazilian team.
Overall, he seems like an exciting signing for Arsenal. They are building a squad filled with youthfulness and talent, making it a perfect match for this young prodigy. Their first signing of the summer, the Gunners would certainly hope that there are further additions to be made.