Deal Close: Arsenal agree terms to sign Sao Paulo promising attacker

By | May 26, 2022

Arsenal have allegedly agreed to snap up Sao Paulo attacker Marquinhos in a bargain €3.5 million (£3 million) deal.

Since breaking into the senior team last year, the player has already racked up 39 senior appearances for his side, scoring four times and setting up three more in that period.

A breakthrough 2021 season saw him make 21 outings in the Brazilian Serie A while the 19-year-old also registered a goal and assist in the last-16 of the Copa Libertadores versus Racing.

The prodigy has already gained experience in the Copa Sudamericana in the early stages of the 2022 campaign, and Marquinhos has been capped three times by his country at the Under-17 level.

His deal with O Clube da Fe is not due to expire until June 2024, but according to Sport Witness, the Gunners are set to land the teen on a cut-price fee because of complications surrounding the contract.

The winger penned that five-year deal back in 2019 when the South American was only 16 years old, and as a result, football’s international governing body FIFA have only allowed them to keep him for three years considering his underage status.

Moreover, with the threat of legal action from his camp, Rogerio Ceni’s side are under pressure to sell their prized asset now before losing him for nothing – allowing the Gunners to quickly swoop in.