Arsenal have signed young striker Marquinhos from Sao Paulo on a five-year deal for £3m.
The deal, which has yet to be announced, will see the 19-year-old arrive in north London in time for pre-season after Arsenal battled competition from elsewhere. Marquinhos is a winger who played for Sao Paulo last July and made 41 appearances, mostly off the bench, scoring four goals. He played with the Brazil national team until the under-17 level.
While the last young Brazilian to join Arsenal, Gabriel Martinelli, was making an immediate impact, Marquinhos is likely to be loaned out for his first season. But he anticipates a bright future for Wolverhampton, who were reported last month to have taken legal advice believing they had a pre-contract agreement with the player, among other clubs hoping to secure him.
Marquinhos will not be Arsenal’s most popular player this summer. They continue to seek an attacking position, with Gabriel Jesus remaining their primary target, and there is also a desire to strengthen their midfield. The club confirmed on Friday that Eddie Nkeitia is considering a new contract offer which it is expected to sign. Alexandre Lacazette, whose departure was confirmed last week, has completed his return to Lyon on a three-year deal.