Marquinhos arrives in London as Arsenal close in on first signing of summer transfer window | Football
Arsenal are closing in on their first signing of the summer window after agreeing a fee with Sao Paulo for Marquinhos.
The Brazilian teenage winger arrived in London earlier this week after the Gunners finalised terms on a deal worth around £3million.
Marquinhos made his senior debut 18 months ago and has caught the eye of Arsenal’s South American scouts.
According to Goal, assuming the paper work is completed in time, the versatile forward could link up with his new teammates in the summer and could be given the chance to impress during pre-season.
Marquinhos has been identified as ‘a player for the future’ but that was also the case with Gabriel Martinelli, who joined as a virtual unknown from Ituano in the summer of 2019, but such was his impact that he was immediately promoted to the first team squad.
Strengthening a forward line that lost Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January will represent a priority especially if, as expected, Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette leave as free agents.
The Gunners are also hoping to strengthen in the full-back positions given the injuries sustained by Takehiro Tomiyasu and Kieran Tierney this season, while central midfield is also an area of concern for Arteta.
Arsenal can still finish in a top four position but need Norwich to beat Tottenham on the final day, while Arteta’s side must finish on a high by defeating an Everton side that guaranteed its safety with a dramatic victory over Crystal Palace on Thursday.
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