Gabriel Martinelli sends personal message to Marquinhos after £3m transfer
GABRIEL MARTINELLI has sent a touching welcome message to Marquinhos following his £3million move to Arsenal.
The Gunners confirmed the signing of the 19-year-old wonderkid from Sao Paulo on Monday.
Marquinhos penned a long-term deal with the club and is expected to take part in upcoming pre-season fixtures.
Following the announcement, Arsenal superstar Gabriel Martinelli posted on Instagram: "Welcome brother, we are together."
Martinelli, who joined the North London side from Ituano in 2019, has already established himself as a regular first-team starter, and Marquinhos could be set to follow in his footsteps.
Club officials have been monitoring the star for several months so technical director Edu was thrilled to finally get the deal across the line.
He said: "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."
The arrival of the Brazilian will mark the start of a busy summer for the Gunners.
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Mikel Arteta is looking to bring in at least two new strikers following the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus has emerged as a priority target, with the Premier League champions expecting £45million for his services.
Victor Osimhen is another potential option, however, Napoli have put an £85million price tag on their star man.