Arsenal have stumped up £3million to snap up Sao Paulo prospect Marquinhos – and landed a long-term partnership with the Brazilian outfit so they can pinch their top young talent.
Speculation has been rife in recent weeks that Marquinhos was set to seal a dream switch to the Premier League, and the 19-year-old Brazilian starlet has now finally put pen-to-paper on a long term deal at the Emirates to officially become Mikel Arteta’s first summer signing.
The exciting winger made 33 appearances senior appearances for Sao Paulo, who play in the Brazilian top-flight. Marquinhos has also represented his country at youth level and is set to get the chance to impress his new manager and teammates in pre-season.
The Gunners have paid the Sao Paulo a sizeable sum for Marquinhos – but club director Carlos Belmonte recently revealed that the Londoners could have pinched the attacking prospect for free.
However, Arsenal director Edu Gaspar was keen to pay up for the talented youngster as he’s keen to ensure that the two clubs have a relationship going forward to ensure that the Gunners can bring Sao Paulo’s top young talent to north London.
Garmento told Gazeta Esportiva: “We have a spectacular relationship with Edu Gaspar, who told us that he knew that Marquinhos could leave for free, but that he was still going to look for funds to pay for Sao Paulo, because he wants to have a relationship with São Paulo. He wants to be closer to eventually be able to bring younger players from Sao Paulo to Arsenal.”
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And Edu gave his verdict on the Arsenal’s first capture of the summer after the deal for Marquinhos – who was also chased by Wolves – was officially confirmed on Monday afternoon.
Edu told Arsenal media: “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. We look forward to Marquinhos now joining us for pre-season, making his new home, and continuing to grow and develop with us.”