Arsenal starlet Marquinhos completes Fluminense medical ahead of loan move

Arsenal starlet Marquinhos completes Fluminense medical ahead of loan move

Forgotten Arsenal starlet Marquinhos is set to return to Brazil after a failed three-and-a-half-year spell at the Emirates Stadium.

Fabrizio Romano reports that the 20-year-old has completed a medical and signed the necessary documents ahead of joining Fluminense on a loan deal.

Marquinhos will spend the rest of the 2023/24 season on loan in the Brazilian Serie A, while the deal is expected to include an option for a permanent transfer if certain clauses are met.

Arsenal landed the youngster in the summer of 2022, forking out around £3 million to complete the deal as part of sporting director Edu’s attempts to expand the club’s connections in Brazil.

The Brazilian Under-23 international had a promising start to life in an Arsenal shirt after bagging a goal and an assist on his debut but has since struggled to make the grade for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Marquinhos also failed to impress in subsequent loan stints at Nantes and in the Championship with Norwich City, notching a combined goal and two assists in 18 appearances.

The Brazilian has spent the past three weeks playing for Brazil’s U23 at the CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic tournament and will now focus on wrapping up his move to Fluminense.

He had plenty of interest from clubs in his homeland, with Corinthians also keen, but ultimately decided to join Fluminense, pouncing on a chance to work with former Brazilian interim national coach Fernando Diniz.

Marquinhos’ departure would free up space for Arsenal to reinforce their attacking ranks this summer, and multiple reports suggest they are interested in Athletic Club’s Nico Williams.

The 21-year-old has been making waves in the Spanish top flight, bagging five goals and ten assists in 24 games across all competitions.

Williams is capable of featuring on either side of the attack, boosting his appeal to Arsenal’s recruitment team, who are eager to reduce the burden on Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka.

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