Arsenal are pursuing a deal to sign Sao Paulo forward Marquinhos for an expected fee of around €3.5 million, The Athletic understands.
The 19-year-old has turned down multiple contract extension offers from the Brazilian club, with Arsenal understood to have exploited his contractual situation to land the forward for a bargain price.
Marquinhos is expected to miss Sao Paulo’s league game against Cuiaba on Sunday to help finalise the deal. It is understood that Arsenal’s technical director Edu has been leading the negotiations with Sao Paulo.
Arsenal are looking to strengthen their attack in the upcoming market and The Athletic reported in April that the club have explored the option of purchasing Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus. Marquinhos, however, is regarded as a development player and will not be a barrier to other first-team acquisitions.
The left-footed forward, who is comfortable playing on either wing, broke through at Sao Paulo as an 18-year-old when he made his debut against Flamengo in July last year.
Since breaking into the first team, Marquinhos has already made 39 senior appearances, with four goals and three assists to his name. Notably, he contributed with a goal and assist in the last 16 of the Copa Libertadores against Racing Club last season. He has also been capped three times by Brazil at the under-17 level.
Arsenal remain in the pursuit of a top-four finish to secure a place in next season’s Champions League. They are currently fourth in the league, one point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham, and next face Newcastle United on Monday.
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