Thursday, July 18, 2024

Report: Arsenal lead chase for cut-price Sao Paulo starlet

Whatever happens in the next two games, it’s clear that Mikel Arteta and Edu have a busy summer ahead gearing up the club for European action (of some sort) next season.

There have been whispers of interest in Bologna’s left-back Aaron Hickey and contact has seemingly been made with the representatives of Gabriel Jesus. But what else is brewing?

In Brazil, Globo reckon the Gunners are closing in on a deal for another striker – Sao Paulo’s Marquinhos.

A promising talent, the 19-year-old already has 41 senior appearances to his name, however, a contract issue has complicated his future at his current club.

Marquinhos signed a five-year deal with Sao Paulo when he turned 16, which, while acceptable under Brazilian law, contravenes Fifa’s own rules which state players aren’t allowed to commit for more than three years at that age.

Instead of mounting a legal battle to retain the player for the remaining two years – likely to be futile given the way similar cases have gone – Sao Paulo are open to cashing in as soon as the transfer window opens.

They accept they won’t get his true market value but they’ll get something, which ultimately is better than nothing. (Someone should point this out to Arsenal!)

Edu seems aware of the Marquinhos opportunity and the local press thinks we’re leading the chase.

Having perused Google images, the lad seems a big fan of the ‘pew pew’ double guns goal celebration, which is reason enough for us to get down the Armoury and have his name printed on a shirt.

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Toure Motors

£40,000,001 bid incoming


O que eles estão fumando lá nos Emirates?

Brady’s bunch

Something about smoking 🤔


He saying ” what are they smoking over there at the emirates ” same thing Liverpool owner response to the 40,000,001 bid.

Lookin back we should of gave 40,000,100

Tomas Rosicky is my spirit animal

” reason enough for us to get down the Armoury and have his name printed on a shirt.”
Feeling flush? That’s a lot of letters…..


El Pistolero


I hope this is not another left back that is good in attacking but poor at defending


bruh, the article even says he’s a striker…


I think he was talking about the Hickey fella

Viv The GOAT

I think it is about every signing in the future

Teryima Adi



What’s Hickey’s injury record?

Nainsley Aitland Miles

He’s covered in love bites.

Man Manny

This is a key part of our transfer strategy right now: sign young talents before they hit their prime. It is a low risk strategy that could yield amazing results when it comes off. We hit an ace, for example, with Martinelli; the jury is still out on Lokonga and tavares – although I fully expect the former to come good in a year or two. However, that is the way with this strategy: win some, lose some. That doesn’t mean established players all come good. Lukaku, Pogba, coutinho, Maguire, Pepe are prime examples. I sincerely hope this one is… Read more »

Heavenly Chapecoense

Our team needs a Benzema. I am not even talking quality here. I am talking about the way he gives solidity to his team.
Henry is not liked in France and a lot of people there attempt to find other best french strikers in history. I always tell them that they are wasting their time but now Benzema may be that player.


We should’ve signed him when he put the fear in Rio Ferdinand at 19 or 20. Head case, no denying, but still.


Are you really from France ? Henry is absolutely loved in France, I don’t know what you’re talking about. Titi is a legend.

A Different George

I think the idea of Henry not being especially appreciated in France is a bit outdated. It originated because while he absolutely terrorised the Premier League and was considered–even by Man United fans–as the best player in England, for French fans there was always Zidane. Today, a lot of French football fans will say Henry was probably the third-best French player in history, behind only Zidane and Platini. I don’t think that’s wrong.

Diaby's Left Peg

Benzema is obviously a great striker, but he’s not Henry. Henry gets underrated because we never dominated Europe.


Just read Tim Still man’s article ‘Teardrop Explodes’ and, whilst his sentiments about the need for better player discipline are all well and good, the overriding feeling I was left with – having been subjected to a blow-by-blow account of our many defeats this season – was how utterly threadbare our squad STILL is, after numerous windows and not a little investment. Whatever European fare is on display next season, we are – once again – going to have to part with the best part of 150 – 200m this summer to plug some glaring gaps in the numbers and… Read more »

van der Sell

He’s under the same agency as Martinelli:


My god, he’s terrible


Really? Care to elaborate? I thought all 2 gun celebration strikers had to be deadly?


I too would like to know what makes him Sao terrible


No backup comment. Spurs troll

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

How’s his Youtube compilation looking?


Haven’t seen any but probably amazing.¯\_(ツ)_/¯


I’ve just watched the top search result on yt, and… It’s just him struggling to dribble past defenders, and diving. Weird one. He’s probably haven’t got many minutes in the first team’s televised matches.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

You sure you watched the right guy?
The vid I just watched, shows a fast, strong, good dribbler and a good left foot shot.
From the little I saw, he’s definitely worth a risk for 3 million


To be fair, after I commented I did watch some highlights of u20’s games and I agree with your assessment.


My pet labrador looks like a goal scoring MONSTER on his youtube compilation!
Those things are about as useful as tits on a bull.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

I’m sure Edu has seen more than a youtube vid. It’s 3 million, what is there to lose


Come for the news…. stay for the bants. “Pew Pew”


Well I don’t know anything about this young fella but I’ve already read in a few comments that he’s good and that he’s terrible so I’m none the wiser.

We probably aren’t in for him but hey, let the transfer rumour madness begin….


He looks about 50 🙂

Nainsley Aitland Miles

“The 41-year-old already has 19 senior appearances to his name.”

Teryima Adi


Brady’s bunch

Was thinking the same 😂

Chuck Felsea

Lol, I thought so too. Just read the headline with “starlet” and thought wtf, this guy looks like early thirties. Anyway, not for me to judge if he is good, but if he is, then bring him in.

Cygans Parting

Unless he’s willing to legally change his name to “Gabriel” Marquinos then I’m just not interested.

Alan Sunderland

He’s got a sister called gabrielle.

Tankard Gooner

I wonder if he has a Gabriel in his name somewhere..


No. Just Marcus Vinícius Oliveira Alencar

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