The Arsenal rumor mill has gone quiet since Jamie Vardy signed a new deal with Leicester, and for the first time since the Mehdi Benatia talk back in May, the Gunners have been linked with a first team quality centre back: Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos.
Arsenal have not been linked with the player before, so it’s a fresh name to add to the ever-growing list.
Marquinhos’ brother, Luan, told L’Equipe that Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona have all expressed interest in his brother, amidst a growing sense of frustration with Paris Saint-Germain that stems largely from the French club’s reluctance to allow Marquinhos to feature at the Olympics in Rio.
Marquinhos is certainly an important figure in the Ligue 1 Champions’ team, however he is beginning to resent his place below Thiago Silva and David Luiz in the pecking order. Participating in the Olympics with the Brazil team would give him a great opportunity to display his talent to the world, and any refusal to let him play from PSG could result in a massive row.
Luan said: “Our patience has limits. We love the club, the fans, but they also must show us a minimum of consideration or he will have to leave PSG.”
Marquinhos is 22 and would obviously be a huge asset in the long term, but there’s no reason why he couldn’t challenge Per Mertesacker for his spot right away, if he were to join.
He made 42 appearances for PSG in each of the last two seasons and has plenty of Champions League experience. He can also cover at right back, where Arsenal may find themselves in need of some additional depth should Mathieu Debuchy head for the exit door.
Time will tell if Marquinhos will become available or not.
What’s for sure is that if he does, there will be several clubs waiting to pounce, and Arsène Wenger will hope to win that battle.