Revealed: Arsenal summer signing had chance to sign for direct PL rivals

Arsenal held off competition from Wolves to secure services of Marquinhos during the summer transfer window, according to Fabrizio Romano.


The 19-year-old attacker made the move to the Emirates Stadium from Sao Paulo in July, and he impressed on his debut for the Gunners against Zurich in the Europa League last week.

The talented forward both scored and provided an assist in his side’s 2-1 win, and he will now be bidding to earn minutes in the English top-tier.

Marquinhos was not involved in the team in the early stages of the season however, has recently been on the bench against Fulham, Aston Villa and Man United in Premier League.

Romano has claimed that Wolves were also keen to secure services of the Brazilian over the summer, however, the presence of the London teams technical director Edu put the North London giants at the head of the queue.

The journalist also claimed that the Gunners are taking a keen interest in “the Brazilian market”, with Edu boasting a number of strong relationships with senior figures in his home country.

“Marquinhos scored his first Arsenal goal this week in the Europa League following his €3.5m (£3m) move to the Emirates Stadium in the summer. In my view, this could end up being a smart piece of business and a real bargain,” Romano wrote in his column for CaughtOffside.

“Wolves wanted Marquinhos too, but Arsenal have been faster thanks to Edu’s relationship with Sao Paulo. Arsenal are convinced he’s a top talent for present and future, and for sure the club will keep following the Brazilian market as Edu has great relationships there.”