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OFFICIAL: Arsenal completes Marquinhos signing

Arsenal have announced the signing of young forward Marquinhos from Brazilian side São Paulo.

The move was announced on Arsenal website and the 19-year-old forward joins the gunners on a long-term contract.

The Gunners came to an agreement with Sao Paulo over a transfer in late-May.

The north London side confirmed on Monday that the 19-year-old has joined Mikel Arteta’s team on a long-term contract.

The young Brazilian youth international, full name Marcus Vinicius Oliveira Alencar, developed through the Sao Paulo youth system, progressing into the first team squad and making his first team debut as an 18-year-old last July.

Marquinhos made 33 first team appearances during his time with Sao Paulo and was a part of the squad which won the Compeonato Paulista in 2021.

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OFFICIAL: Arsenal completes Marquinhos signing

The young forward, who has represented Brazil at under-16 and under-17 levels, will travel to London from Brazil in the coming weeks to join up with his new team mates for pre-season training.

Technical director Edu said: “We’re delighted to have completed the transfer with Sao Paulo, as Marquinhos was a player we had been watching for a while. At 19, he is still very young, so he is a player for the future. We look forward to Marquinhos now joining us for pre-season, making his new home, and continuing to grow and develop with us.”

“Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Marquinhos to the club.”

The 19-year-old makes the move to the north London side in a deal reported to be worth £3million.

Marquinhos has been used mainly as a winger for Sao Paulo, but he can also play as a centre-forward.

He is comfortable on either wing, but is left footed and his preferred role is wide out on the right so he can cut inside on his favoured foot.

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