Arsenal News Transfer: The agreement that will see Marquinhos join Arsenal has been finalized. Since a few weeks ago, reports have suggested that the Gunners are interested in signing the attacker, who is 19 years old.
According to a story from The Athletic from the month of May, Arsenal had successfully bought the player from Sao Paulo. He had a release clause on the player for 42.5 million.
Even if they are paying about £2.5 million for the Brazilian winger, the club from North London views this as only a show of good faith. Carlos Belmonte, a director at Sao Paulo, has revealed that Arsenal transfer guru Edu offered a modest amount for a player they could have signed for free to maintain a solid relationship with the Brazilian club going forward. In other words, Arsenal wanted to keep their relationship with Sao Paulo as strong as possible.
What did Sao Paulo’s director say about Edu?
As reported by Gazeta Esportiva, he was quoted as saying, “We have a spectacular relationship with Edu Gaspar, who told us that he knew that Marquinhos could leave for free. But that he was still going to look for funds to pay for Sao Paulo. He wants to have a relationship with Sao Paulo similar to the one that Ajax has with us.
He wants to be closer to being able to someday bring younger players from Sao Paulo to Arsenal. Even the prospect of trading our base for their base is now being investigated by our team.”
It has been suggested that the North Londoners might announce the signing of Marquinhos on the 10th of June. It is the day the transfer window in England officially opens for business.
Arsenal News Transfer: It is not yet clear what Arsenal’s short-term strategy is for the player. But we have to wait and see
In the long run, they definitely have high hopes that he will be able to break into the starting eleven and lead the team that plays at the Emirates Stadium to domestic and European glory.
On the other hand, in the near term, it has been proposed that Edu may loan out the kid to give him experience playing for a first-team squad in Europe.
The good news is that Arsenal has completed the transfer of Marquinhos. Even though they paid money for him although he was available for free. That £2.5 million might still turn out to be an incredible bargain.