According to sources, Arsenal have reached an agreement to buy Sao Paulo winger Marquinhos in a deal around £3 million, while the club is also getting closer to completing the purchase of Bologna left defender Aaron Hickey.
As Mikel Arteta gets ready to lead Arsenal back into the European competition, it is anticipated that he will spend the summer working to bolster his team’s capabilities. Specifically, the Spanish coach will be aiming to add players who can contribute to the offence.
The departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, and Nicolas Pepe at the end of the season will leave Arsenal short of options in the final third of the field. Aubameyang went to Barcelona on a free transfer in January, and Lacazette, Nketiah, and Pepe are all likely to leave at the end of the season.
In recent weeks, the Gunners have been associated with a whole host of renowned names. However, it seems that the Gunners are also in the market for further youthful talent, as the Evening Standard reports that Arsenal have agreed to a deal to recruit Marquinhos.
The tabloid claims that the Brazilian winger, who will be 19 years old when he makes the move, will sign a long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium and will be part of a transaction for about £3 million.
Marquinhos has been called up to the Brazil Under-17 national team and has scored four goals in 39 appearances for Sao Paulo since making his debut the year before last. However, most of his playing time has been spent coming off the bench for the club.
The skilled attacker is a quick left-footed winger who is comfortable playing on either side or as an attacking midfielder in the centre, which means that he will provide Arteta with a diverse option in the final third of the field.
The Hickey contract also comes to an end.
It has been claimed that Arsenal are looking for another left defender to fight with Kieran Tierney for the position in the next season. The Scottish international is the first-choice starter whenever he is healthy, but he has struggled mightily with injuries during this year.
Nuno Tavares has had a difficult time filling in for Tierney in recent months while Tierney has been out injured. As a result, the young Portuguese full-back has been taken out at halftime on two separate occasions by manager Mikel Arteta due to some embarrassing performances.
According to Calcio Mercato, the Gunners are reportedly close to finalising a deal to acquire Hickey from Bolonga in order to fulfil Arsenal’s desire to replace Tierney with a more dependable backup goalkeeper.
Following fruitful discussions with Bolonga executives in London the previous week, an Italian publication claims that Hickey is “one step away” from becoming a player for Arsenal. In the following days, it is anticipated that a transaction with a total value of somewhere about £20 million (or 24 million euros) including bonuses would be finalised.
According to the source, Arsenal has successfully fought off interest from a number of other teams in order to sign the Scottish international player. Bolonga moved to Arsenal from Hearts less than two years ago for only £1.5 million.
Hickey has established a name for himself as one of the most dynamic attacking left-backs in Serie A. The 19-year-old has already earned a cap for Scotland at the international level despite playing in just 35 games for Bolonga this season and scoring 5 goals.
We will have to wait and see how things play out, but it looks like Arsenal are very close to making a double swoop for two promising young talents that will cost about 23 million pounds.