Brazilian teenage star Marquinhos has become Arsenal’s first signing of the summer.
The Gunners have reportedly struck a deal in the region of £3million for the Brazilian, who broke through in Sao Paulo.
The striker, who has represented his country at Under-17 level, had a release clause of around £42.5million and has attracted interest from numerous Premier League clubs.
However, Arsenal only paid the £3million fee to the Brazilian club as a token gesture to maintain the “spectacular relationship” between the two clubs.
The Gunners could announce the signing on June 10 when the summer transfer window opens.
The deal comes as a result of technical director Edu Gaspar’s connection to Sao Paulo, which is why the striker didn’t leave the club on a free transfer.
According to HITC, Edu offered the 19-year-old a cover fee to keep the solid relationship between the clubs.
Speaking to Gazeta Esportiva, São Paulo director Carlos Belmonte commented on the strong bond between the clubs.
He said: “We have a spectacular relationship with Edu Gaspar, who told us that he knew Marquinhos could go for free but that he would still look for funds to pay for São Paulo because he wants to have a relationship Sao Paulo.
“He wants to be closer to being able to bring younger players from Sao Paulo to Arsenal at some point.”
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The Brazil side have a promising young squad under Rogerio Ceni who are impressing with the likes of Igor Gomes and Gabriel Sara.
Arsenal have also been linked with Youri Tielemans and Gabriel Jesus as they look to finish in the top four next season.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5489161/marquinhos-transfer-arsenal-sao-paulo/ Arsenal ‘full £3m transfer’ for teenage striker Marquinhos as club embark on ‘spectacular relationship’ with Sao Paulo