Arsenal announce the signing of Marquinhos from Sao Paulo

Arsenal announce a deal to sign Brazilian star Marquinhos (no, not that one…) from Sao Paulo to kickstart their summer transfer business, as director of football Edu looks to further Mikel Arteta’s youth project

  • Arsenal have begun their summer business by signing young star Marquinhos
  • The forward has arrived from Sao Paulo, signing a long-term deal with the club 
  • Marquinhos, 19, has made 33 senior appearances in total for the Brazilian outfit 
  • Gunners technical director Edu is now relishing watching the wonderkid ‘grow’ 

Arsenal have announced the signing of young forward Marquinhos from Sao Paulo on a ‘long-term’ contract, their first official arrival in the summer transfer window.

Marquinhos, 19, progressed through the academy with the Brazilian side and made his first-team debut last July. He has made 33 senior appearances in total. 

The highly-rated starlet will now jet to London in the coming weeks to join up with his new team-mates for pre-season training, as he bids to impress Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal have kickstarted their transfer business by signing Marquinhos from Sao Paulo

Sportsmail previously revealed Arsenal were in talks with Sao Paulo over the switch.

It was reported the wonderkid was keen to make the move, and his club were keen to reach an agreement rather than risk losing him for free when his contract ran out. 

Marquinhos penned a five-year deal in 2019, but FIFA refused to accept it as he was underage when signing. That means the terms are valid for just three years.

Sao Paulo looked to convince him to stay with an extension, which he turned down. 

The young forward (R) has penned a long-term deal after a fee worth around £3m was reached

Arsenal are understood to have been offering around £2.9million for the player.

Wolves and Atletico Madrid were also interested, but the Gunners have won the race.

Technical director Edu told ‘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.’ 

Technical director Edu (left) has looked to help Mikel Arteta (right) continue his youth project 

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