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Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign winger Marquinhos from Sao Paulo. football.london understands. The 19-year-old will join the club this summer after extensive talks with technical director Edu, costing around £3million.
However, a report from Brazil claims the transfer could be the start of a partnership between the two clubs. That’s according to Globo Esporte, who say the Gunners are ‘trying to build a relationship’ with Sao Paulo similar to that of Ajax, which led to the transfers of David Neres and Antony.
The partnership would result in Brazil side becoming Arsenal’s ‘feeder club’, meaning several swaps between the two could follow Marquinhos’ move in the future. A ‘feeder club’ is a club that provides experience to younger players through training and playing time, with an agreement that its most successful stars can move to a team in a more prestigious league, which in this particular case would be Arsenal.
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Should a partnership actually materialize, it could turn out to be a very positive development for the Gunners. Sao Paulo is one of Brazil’s biggest clubs and home to some of football’s most exciting talent including Ederson, Cafu, Casemiro, Kaka, Rivaldo and the aforementioned Antony.
Those familiar with Brazilian football, and Marquinhos in particular, see him as a player with a lot of potential. It’s safe to say he’s still pretty raw at the moment, but he has all the qualities to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors.
It is not yet known whether or not Marquinhos will be part of Mikel Arteta’s first-team plans next season but the youngster could be given a chance to impress in pre-season before a final decision is made. Gabriel Martinelli was signed by Brazilian club Ituano in 2019 and despite playing at a significantly lower level than the Premier League, he made his way into English football very well.
Now a senior Brazil international, Martinelli has established himself as one of Arsenal’s most gifted youngsters. There’s no reason Marquinhos can’t continue with similar success, but his new teammates’ progress can still be encouraging when a more patient approach is called for.