Arsenal have confirmed that 19-year-old midfielder Marcelo Flores has signed for Mexican side Tigres in a permanent deal.
Signed from Ipswich in 2019, Flores was tipped to break into the Arsenal first team but only got as far as the bench for a league fixture against Crystal Palace in April 2022.
By that point, Flores had already been capped by Mexico. Eligible for England and Canada, he jumped at the chance to represent the country of his father’s birth and made his debut as a substitute in a 2-2 draw with Chile. He has since made two further appearances.
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Last summer, Real Oviedo beat off competition from a host of other European sides to sign Flores on loan for the year. His spell in Spain’s second tier started brightly – he made 12 appearances before Christmas – but he fell out of favour in the second half of the season and played just 57 minutes of football between January and May.
Flores returned to London and featured for the under-21s in a pre-season friendly with Boreham Wood in August but despite an “encouraging performance” both club and player have agreed his career is better served by playing elsewhere.
Best of luck to him in Mexico, it’s an exciting move.