Wolves have missed out on the signing of Marquinhos from Sao Paulo as Arsenal exploited his contract situation and the Midlands outfit are now weighing up legal action
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Wolves are seeking legal action after Arsenal completed the signing of Marquinhos from Sao Paulo.
The Gunners have agreed a £3m transfer with the Brazilian outfit after the north Londoners exploited a loophole in his contract. However fellow Premier League side Wolves thought they had a move for Marquinhos in the bag with an immediate loan switch to feeder club Grasshoppers in the pipeline.
Arsenal’s move for the teenager means the Molineux side are considering their options with Yahoo Sports in Brazil claiming Wolves had agreed a pre-contract agreement with Marquinhos. Wolves have approached a legal firm in Brazil to take action against the player for allegedly breaking the deal to join the Gunners. As first reported by the Daily Mail, legal action against Arsenal and Sao Paulo are their other options. Mirror Football understands that Marquinhos’ contract was due to end on July 12, with his pre-agreed contract at Wolves then set to start on July 14.
Sao Paulo were initially hopeful of keeping Marquinhos on their books, agreeing a five-year contract with the talent in 2019. Yet a FIFA ruling means the deal will expire this summer and he’s free to sign for another club – with Arsenal swooping in as they look to bolster their frontline.
Marquinhos, who can play down the middle or on the wing, is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in Brazilian football. He’s represented his country at youth level and played 41 senior games for Sao Paulo, scoring four goals and providing three assists.
Technical director Edu said following the signing: “We’re delighted to have completed the transfer with Sao Paulo, as Marquinhos was a player we had been watching for a while. At 19, he is still very young, so he is a player for the future. We look forward to Marquinhos now joining us for pre-season, making his new home, and continuing to grow and develop with us.”
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The Gunners saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette leave in recent months which leaves them without a leading marksman. Eddie Nketiah could yet stay at the Emirates but Arsenal are still in need of more firepower before the season starts.
Sao Paulo head coach Rogerio Ceni is also said to be furious about the club’s decision to allow Marquinhos to leave. The teenager was only sporadically used during the 2021-22 campaign but was reportedly set to play a starring role at Sao Paulo next season.