Edu set to copy Ajax’s successful transfer scheme with new South American partnership with Arsenal – Chris Davison
Arsenal have reached an agreement to sign Sao Paulo winger Marquinhos, football.london understand. The 19-year-old is expected to join the club in the summer after lengthy talks with technical director Edu and will cost around £3million.
However, a report from Brazil claims that the transfer could be the start of a partnership between the two clubs. It depends Globo Sportswho say the Gunners are ‘looking to build a relationship’ with Sao Paulo similar to that of Ajax which led to the transfers of David Neres and Antony.
The partnership would see the Brazilian side become Arsenal’s ‘feeder club’, meaning several swaps between the two could follow Marquinhos’ move in the future. A ‘feeder club’ is one which offers experience through training and playing time to young players, with an agreement that its most successful stars can leave to join a team in a more prestigious league which, in this particular case, would be Arsenal.
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If a partnership does indeed materialize, it could prove to be a very positive development for the Gunners. Sao Paulo is one of the biggest clubs in Brazil and has been home to some of football’s most exciting talents including Ederson, Cafu, Casemiro, Kaka, Rivaldo and the aforementioned Antony.
Those who know Brazilian football and Marquinhos in particular see him as a player with a lot of potential. We can say that it is still quite rough at the moment, but it has all the qualities to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors.
Whether or not Marquinhos will be part of Mikel Arteta’s first-team plans next season remains unclear, but the youngster could be given the chance to impress in pre-season before a final decision is made. Gabriel Martinelli was signed from Brazilian side Ituano in 2019, and although he played at a considerably lower level than the Premier League, he has adapted extremely well to English football.
Martinelli is now a senior Brazil international and has established himself as one of Arsenal’s most gifted young players. There’s no reason Marquinhos can’t follow this with similar success, but encouragement can always be drawn from his new teammates’ progress if a more patient approach is needed.