Arsenal have finished their first piece of recruitment of the summer switch window by signing Brazilian prospect Marquinhos from Sao Paulo.

The forward, 19, primarily plays as a right-winger and has made 22 appearances in the Brasileiro, the country's top flight.

The Gunners are believed to be paying a bargain fee in the area of £3million due to an alleged loophole in his contract, which has caused a stir in his homeland.

Marquinhos, a Sao Paulo native, has represented Brazil at youth level and is tipped for a completely vibrant future. 

Mikel Arteta will get a good look at the youngster at some point of pre-season and he will join compatriots Gabriel and Gabriel Martinelli at the Emirates Stadium, 

subject to what Arsenal have described as "the completion of regulatory processes".  

Arsenal joins Marquinhos from Sao Paulo

"Nineteen-year-old forward Marquinhos has joined us from Sao Paulo on a long-term contract," a statement on Arsenal's official internet site reads.

The young Brazilian youth international, full name Marcus Vinicius Oliveira Alencar, 

Arsenal complete first transfer of summer window as Marquinhos joins from Sao Paulo

developed thru the Sao Paulo youth system, progressing into the first crew squad and making his first team debut as an 18-year-old last July. 

Meanwhile, Arsenal technical director Edu added: "We're delighted to have completed the transfer with Sao Paulo, as Marquinhos was a player we had been watching for a while.

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