Edu Gaspar secured a deal for Marquinhos ahead of Wolves thanks to his relationship with Sao Paulo, and Arsenal will continue to keep an eye on the Brazilian market.

Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Marquinhos (C) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League Group A football match between FC Zurich and Arsenal at Arena St. Gallen Stadium on September 8, 2022. (Photo by URS BUCHER/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Brazilian midfielder Marquinhos (C) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League Group A football match between FC Zurich and Arsenal at Arena St. Gallen Stadium on September 8, 2022. (Photo by URS BUCHER/AFP via Getty Images)

Fabrizio Romano reports for CaughtOffside that Wolves were also interested in Marquinhos this summer, but Arsenal got there first thanks to technical director Edu Gaspar’s relationship with Sao Paulo.

We know Wolves tried to launch a legal challenge against the transfer, but it ended up going through anyway.

Arsenal reportedly believe Marquinhos is a top talent for the present and the future, and they plan to keep following the Brazilian for similar deals.

The winger has made an excellent start in North London, scoring three goals in three u21 games before providing a goal and assist on his senior debut.

With one notable exception (Willian), Arsenal have generally found a lot of success signing Brazilians under Edu.

Gabriel Jesus was by far the most expensive, but he appears to be an excellent purchase all the same, whilst Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli, and Marquinhos only cost around £30m combined.

Three of those players are starters for Mikel Arteta’s current side, and the fourth is one of the more exciting young rotation players in the squad right now.

NUREMBERG, GERMANY: Marquinhos of Arsenal runs with the ball during the pre-season friendly match between 1. FC Nürnberg and Arsenal F.C. at Max-Morlock-Stadion on July 08, 2022. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images)
NUREMBERG, GERMANY: Marquinhos of Arsenal runs with the ball during the pre-season friendly match between 1. FC Nürnberg and Arsenal F.C. at Max-Morlock-Stadion on July 08, 2022. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images)

Arsenal fans still have valid complaints with the club’s current transfer setup, notably the lack of significant sales in recent seasons, as well as the recent failure to sign a midfielder after injuries left the side very short.

But Brazil is clearly one area where Arsenal have had more hits than misses on the market, and Marquinhos looks to be the latest example of that.

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