Saturday, July 13, 2024

Report: Arsenal forward set to complete Ligue 1, medical underway

Last summer, Arsenal secured the signing of Brazilian winger Marquinhos. The deal cost  Arsenal around £3 million, with his addition viewed very much as a signing for the future.

Having garnered merely six appearances for the Gunners, the 20-year-old embarked on a loan venture to Norwich City during the January transfer window, seeking additional playing time and experience. This spell was mixed, with a great debut followed by a red card.

While Marquinhos engaged in pre-season training with Arsenal’s first team squad, his participation was very limited and he did not feature against Manchester City in the Community Shield this past Sunday.

In a fresh revelation from Ouest-France and other reports in France, cited by Metro, it has now been revealed that Marquinhos’ next destination is poised to be in France at Ligue 1 side Nantes. Arsenal will help Marquinhos follows in the footsteps of Balogun, who  had a mixed loan in the Championship at Middlesborough before going to Ligue 1 and exploding in quality and subsequently his value.

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As indicated in reports, the terms of the loan arrangement are such that Nantes will not possess an option to secure the Brazilian winger on a permanent basis once the loan tenure concludes.

In the previous Ligue 1 season, Nantes managed to stave off relegation by a solitary point, underscoring the significance of their upcoming endeavors. With the new campaign set to commence, Nantes is scheduled to face Toulouse in their inaugural fixture, and they harbor the aspiration of bolstering their squad with the inclusion of Marquinhos in time for this game.

Now attentions may start to turn to incomings again. Especially with Nicolas Pepe and Folarin Balogun also set to depart. This should free up both funds and space to secure another new signing before the end of the month.

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