Arsenal have been heavily linked with a swoop for the young Brazilian, but a move looks complicated with Premier League rivals Wolves seeking legal action which could have dire consequences for the Gunners.
Arsenal could potentially face a transfer ban as their pursuit of Brazilian wonderkid Marquinhos threatens to turn into a lengthy legal battle.
The Gunners are believed to be heading for a deal for the Sao Paulo starlet as Mikel Arteta aims to kick off his current side’s reshuffle at the Emirates Stadium. A move is expected to be announced in the coming days, with the 19-year-old said he traveled to London for a medical and agreed to a deal.
However, their efforts to wrap up a summer swoop are complicated by Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers. According to Yahoo Sports in Brazil, the Midlands club are seeking advice from a law firm in Brazil to take action against the player.
It is detailed that Wolves have agreed a pre-contract deal with Marquinhos to bring him to Molineux this summer, although it appears his final destination will now be north London. The Daily Mail have reported that Wolves could also potentially take action against Arsenal and the striker’s current club Sao Paulo in a situation that threatens to become increasingly messy.
Unfortunately, a recent precedent has been set in the game which could potentially see the Gunners subject to a transfer ban. French club Marseille have been slapped with a two-window transfer for the signing of Senegalese midfielder Pape Gueye from Le Havre in 2020.
He was originally thought to be close to signing for Watford after signing a pre-contract deal with the Hornets and apparently fulfilling all of his promotional commitments before arriving at Vicarage Road. However, he then signed a four-year contract with Marseille, leaving the Hornets furious.
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As punishment, the Ligue 1 side were banned from bringing players to the club for two windows and ordered to pay Watford 2.5 million euros, while the player himself was was slapped with a four-month suspension. Marseille have since appealed the sanctions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with the ban now having been postponed.
Whether the same will happen to Arsenal this summer remains to be seen, of course, although legal action and a ban would likely end a very depressing few months for Mikel Arteta and the Gunners. The north London side appeared to be in prime position for a Champions League position heading into the final games of the campaign, only to see their form desert them and Tottenham take fourth place.
Arsenal will now play in the Europa League next season which could cost them up to £70million in revenue heading into the new season. The Gunners have already managed to recoup a small sum, however, with Matteo Guendouzi and Konstantinos Mavropanos leaving Emirates Stadium permanently for a combined fee of £11.5million.