Well, Arsenal signing Marquinhos is reportedly a done deal.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move to sign the 19-year-old Brazilian attacker from Sao Paulo in recent weeks.
A few days ago, journalist Ryan Taylor of The Express claimed that a deal was close to being completed for the South American sensation, whose release clause was £42.5 million.
However, The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Arsenal have now signed the player, with previous reports indicating that it’ll be for around £2.5 million – £40 million below his buyout clause in Brazil.
The report has added that it remains to be seen whether Marquinhos – who had a medical in England last week – is immediately sent out on loan or asked to compete for a starting spot in Mikel Arteta’s first XI next season.
Legendary Brazilian football claimed earlier this month that it was ‘absurd‘ that Arsenal signing Marquinhos for such a low amount, illustrating that Edu is getting one hell of a bargain for the Emirates Stadium outfit.
It remains to be seen how the Gunners are getting him at such a cut-price amount.
But this, if true, will only be a taste of things to come from Arteta and Edu during the summer months.
With Arsenal missing out on Champions League qualification this past season, a lot more than Marquinhos is needed to get Arteta’s side back into Europe’s elite competition.
As mentioned, it’s possible that Marquinhos might not even get first-team chances next season, reinforcing the importance of the Spanish manager and Edu bringing some tried-and-tested quality to the club before September.
Another season without Champions League qualification could – and should – result in Arteta losing his job at the Emirates.
Next season is massive but thankfully for Arsenal supporters, much bigger names – like Gabriel Jesus and Paulo Dybala – are being linked with transfers, too.