Arsenal confirm signing of Marquinhos from Sao Paulo

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of highly-rated Brazilian Marquinhos from Sao Paulo on a ‘long-term contract’.

The 19-year-old has joined the club for rumoured £3m fee, and will join up with fellow Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli at the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Arsenal Technical Director Edu expressed his delight at getting the deal over the line: “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.”

The forward has played for Brazil at both Under-16 and Under-17 levels and is known for his pace and technical ability on the ball.