Arsenal transfer news: Double link prompts Arteta to allow summer signing to leave

Marquinhos celebrating Credit: Alamy
Marquinhos celebrating Credit: Alamy

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is ready to let Brazilian youngster Marquinhos leave the club in January – just seven months after securing his signature from Sao Paulo.

The Gunners paid the Brazilian side an estimated £4.5m fee to bring in the teenage winger on a long-term deal. Indeed, the Gunners move caused anger at Wolves with the Molineux men reportedly already agreeing a deal for the star.

Signing on a long-term contract, Arsenal are hoping that Marquinhos proves just as successful as their latest unknown to arrive from Brazil in Gabriel Martinelli.

Indeed, Marquinhos has had to wait patiently for his chance. So far, he’s made just four appearances so far. However, the teenager did make quite the impact on his debut, scoring and providing an assist in a Europa League clash against FC Zurich in September.

Since then, he’s appeared on three more appearances. And that also includes a Premier League debut as a last-minute substitute in the 3-0 win at Brentford.

However, now they are through to the knockout rounds of the Europa League, Arteta is far more likely to field a stronger side. As such, Marquinhos is likely to find chances to impress few and far between.

There is, however, the possibility of gaining minutes in the Carabao Cup. Arsenal resume their campaign on Wednesday evening with a clash against Brighton.

However, with many of the rounds likely to be finished before January is out – and should Arsenal remain involved – his prospects of first-team football appear limited.

As a result, the London Evening Standard reports that Arteta is willing to let the summer signing leave on loan.

Arteta ready to sign new winger for Arsenal

The Gunners already have two first-choice wingers in Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli. But Arteta remains determined to add another option on the wing and is strongly pushing to sign another option there in January.

As such, Arsenal are looking at two potential signings when the transfer window opens in just 53 days.

Top of Arteta’s wanted list is Shakhtar Donestk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, though his club are warning his signing will not come cheap.

Indeed, the Ukrainian side, citing the £85m Manchester United paid for Antony in the summer, will not be pushed over easily.

However, it’s certainly a transfer that Oleksandr Zinchenko is pushing, with Fabrizio Romano providing the latest.

Should they fail to land him, the Gunners do have a Plan B in the works in the shape of Orlando City winger Facundo Torres.

Reports last week claimed Edu is planning talks for the Uruguayan after his impressive run of form in MLS.

Indeed, the 22-year-old has 13 goals and 10 assists from 40 appearances since a £7m earlier this year.

They are reportedly looking to triple their initial investment if they are to sell Torres.

Either way, Arteta is intent on brining a new name in to bolster their push for Premier League glory. And the arrival of either will likely see Marquinhos offered a temporary move elsewhere. Arteta still rates the winger highly but knows a temporary stint away will be in his best interests.

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