Arsenal seal £3m deal for Sao Paulo’s Marquinhos

Arsenal have agreed to pay €3.5m (£3m) for Sao Paulo striker Marquinhos.

The 19-year-old has made 39 appearances for the Brazilian team since joining the first team last year, scoring four goals and making three more.

Marquinhos participated in 21 matches in the Brazilian First Division in 2021, starting five of them, scoring a goal, and providing a assist in the Libertadores Cup round of 16 match against Racing Club.

During the early parts of the 2022 season, the teenager already gained experience in the Copa Sudamericana, and has been capped three times by Brazil at the under-17 level.

The youngster’s contract with the Serie A club is supposed to expire in the summer of 2024, but according to Sport Witness, Arsenal He is likely to sign him for a bargain price due to contract issues.

Because the winger signed his five-year contract when he was just 16, FIFA allowed the club to keep him for only three years due to his underage status.

Moreover, with legal proceedings approaching the player’s camp, Sao Paulo is under pressure to sell him immediately rather than risk losing him on a free transfer, allowing Arsenal to pounce.

According to the source, the two teams have already agreed a €3.5m (£3m) sum, although it is unlikely that Mikel Arteta will join the squad next season.

Marquinhos is expected to be loaned out in order to continue his development, with a possible move to Spain.