Arsenal have been heavily linked with a raid for the young Brazilian, but a move looks tricky with Premier League rivals Wolves seeking legal action – something that could have dire consequences for the Gunners.
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Arsenal He could potentially face a transfer ban as his search for Brazilian wunderkind Marquinhos threatens to turn into a lengthy legal battle.
The Gunners are believed to be closing in on a deal for the Sao Paulo star What Mikel Arteta intends to kick off the reorganization of its current squad at the Emirates Stadium. A move is expected to be announced in the coming days as the 19-year-old said he traveled to London to complete a medical and agreed a deal.
However, their efforts to wrap up a summer raid are complicated by Premier league rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers. According to Yahoo Sports in Brazil, the Midlands club is seeking advice from a legal firm in Brazil to take action against the player.
It is detailed that Wolves reached a pre-contract agreement with Marquinhos to take him to Molineux this summer, although it appears his final destination will now be North London. The Daily Mail has reported that wolves could also potentially take action against Arsenal and the striker’s current club Sao Paulo in a situation that threatens to get more and more complicated.
Unfortunately, a recent in-game precedent has been set that could see the Gunners subject to a transfer ban. French club Marseille received a two-window transfer for signing Senegalese midfielder Pape Gueye from Le Havre in 2020.
At first it was thought that he was going to sign for watford he reportedly signed a pre-contract deal with the Hornets and apparently completed all of his promotional commitments before arriving at Vicarage Road. However, he later signed a four-year deal with Marseille, leaving the Hornets furious.
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As punishment, the Ligue 1 side were banned from hosting players at the club for two windows and told to pay Watford €2.5m, while the player himself was handed a four-month ban. Marseille have since appealed the sanctions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and the ban has now been postponed.
Of course, it remains to be seen if the same will happen with Arsenal this summer, though legal action and sanction would likely round out a thoroughly dismal few months for Mikel Arteta and the Gunners. The north side of London seemed to be in a prime position for a Champions League position heading into the final games of the campaign, only to see his form abandon them and tottenham fourth dent.
Arsenal will now play in the Europa League next season, something that could cost them up to £70m in revenue heading into the new season. However, the Gunners have already managed to win back a small amount, with Matteo Guendouzi and Konstantinos Mavropanos having left the Emirates Stadium permanently for a combined fee of £11.5m.