Fabrizio Romano reveals how Arsenal propelled Wolves to sign Marquinhos; hints at exciting future transfer plans
The deciding factor in Arsenal beating Wolves to sign Marquinhos has been revealed by Fabrizio Romano who also hinted at a lucrative new transfer strategy.
The Gunners created a surprise when they landed Wolves target Marquinhos on July 1. Wolves reportedly believed they had all but secured the move after claiming the talented Brazilian striker had signed a pre-contract deal.
Still, Marquinhos will join the Gunners which has led to talk of legal action from Bruno Lage’s side.
The full picture of this situation can be found herebut the end result remained the same: Marquinhos joined Arsenal for just £3million.
This figure raised eyebrows and was considered a serious blow. Indeed, the common consensus at the time was that Marquinhos’ true value was much higher than the figure Arsenal paid.
Marquinhos made his highly anticipated debut for Arsenal on Thursday against FC Zurich in the Europa League.
He wasted no time in attracting attention, scoring the first and assisting the second as Arsenal won 2-1 in Switzerland.
Now transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has hailed Arsenal for their deal which he says will prove to be a masterstroke.
The Brazilian connection rocked the deal with Arsenal
Romano also claimed that the real reason Wolves missed out was due to Arsenal chief Edu.
He claimed that Edu’s ties to his home country of Brazil – and Sao Paulo in particular – have proven vital for Arsenal.
“In my opinion, this could end up being a smart business and a real bargain,” wrote Romano for CaughtOffside.
“Wolves wanted Marquinhos too, but Arsenal were quicker thanks to Edu’s relationship with Sao Paulo.”
Romano then suggested the Gunners would continue to do business in Brazil, which has proven fertile ground for some great signings so far.
Indeed, Arsenal currently have four Brazilians on their books and all of them are making a good impression. Gabriel Jesus already looks like an inspired top signing, while Gabriel Martinelli has made a giant leap forward this season on the left wing.
Gabriel Magalhaes continues to excel in defense and has struck up a promising partnership with William Saliba. Marquinhos completes the list and his debut against Zurich was as good as it gets.
Both Marquinhos and Martinelli were signed directly from Brazilian clubs. Romano suggested this is a strategy the Gunners will increasingly look to exploit.
He continued: “Arsenal are convinced that he (Marquinhos) is a top talent for the present and the future, and it is certain that the club will continue to follow the Brazilian market because Edu has a great relationship there. “
Marquinhos drives Martin Keown wild
Reacting to his impressive debut in Switzerland, BT Sports expert, Martin Keown, said:
“It’s confidence. We talked about having this class in possession. I saw a lot of that tonight at Marquinhos.
“Look at that pass from Fabio Vieira, a nice ball into the channel, we talked about Nketiah and his movement, then a nice pass from his weaker foot.
“And then the finish! The ball lifts just before it goes into him and it’s a wonderful finish from him.
“The first of a long series, hopefully. He has a huge future ahead of him.
“It’s a real opportunity for him. Bukayo Saka is only a few years older himself, but that’s the quality he’s going to get chances.
Keown continued: “He looked a bit like a Gnabry-type player. He’s short, stocky, explosive pace. He looked very classy.
“He picked and picked his moments smartly, whipped up a few crosses. Really good quality. He continued to produce.
“I think this is great news. We saw Saka, we saw [Emile] Smith Rowe in this same competition begins his career. I think we see another star in the making here.