Marquinhos to be Arsenal's first summer signing as £2.5m deal expected in coming weeks

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The forward made his professional debut for the club in July at the age of just 18 and has displayed his huge potential since across 39 appearances. However, Sao Paulo run the risk of losing him on a free transfer. While he signed a five-year deal in 2019, FIFA refuse to recognise first professional contracts as longer than three years and so the club need to sell this summer.

And Express Sport understands that the winger is set to join Arsenal in the coming weeks with Mikel Arteta set to lose two strikers in the summer. A fee of £2.5m will be paid for his services with the north London outfit set to prise him away from the Brazilian giants for relative peanuts.

However, Marquinhos will only initially be considered on the fringes of the first team with the club looking to develop his talents before regularly relying on him as a senior player. Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are expected to leave the club on free transfers in the summer, leaving the north Londoners with a void to fill.



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