Technical director Edu is expected to make a number of signings this summer as Arsenal look to strengthen their squad.
Arsenal have agreed to sign Sao Paulo winger Marquinhos for a fee in the region of £3million, football audit understands. The 19-year-old will join the club this summer after extensive talks with Gunners technical director Edu.
The arrival of Marquinhos will not have any impact on the club’s summer transfer plans, with the likes of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans and Bologna defender Aaron Hickey also being targeted.
Hickey joined Bologna from Hearts in the summer of 2020 and made 11 Serie A appearances during his first season at the club. Able to play at both left and right back, Hickey has won plaudits in Italy and abroad following his accomplished campaign at the club.
This season he has become a mainstay in defence making 33 league appearances, scoring five goals and recording an assist in the process.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants a versatile left side defender to bolster his defence this season, with Kieran Tierney currently on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery and Takehiro Tomiyasu only recently back in action following his respective calf issues.
football.london understands that Arsenal remain confident of sealing a deal for Manchester City forward Jesus, with ‘positive’ talks ongoing between his representative and technical director Edu.
When asked if he expects another busy summer in terms of player recruitment, Arteta said: “I am expecting so, yes. I think both competitions [the Champions League and Europa League] require a much larger squad because the amount of games you play is much bigger in both, so I don’t think [which you qualify for] makes a lot of difference or changes a lot.
“If you can financially afford it and we don’t have to do the turnaround in the squad that we’ve had to do, if you ask me what I want it’s 22 outfield players and three goalkeepers.
“You have to come a long way in the aspects that you see on the pitch, it’s a lot of things that have to be put in place, and that takes time.”