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Arsenal star completes move to hometown club despite transfer window closure

Arsenal have confirmed the departure of forward who is heading back to his hometown club despite the closure of the transfer window

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Arsenal have announced that Marquinhos will return to Brazil on loan with Fluminense until the end of the season. 

This move comes fifteen days after the January transfer window closed in Europe. Brazil’s transfer window does not close until March. 

Arsenal confirmed the young winger’s departure on the official website, saying” “Marquinhos will be joining the reigning Copa Libertadores champions, who won the prestigious South American trophy for the first time in their history when they defeated Boca Juniors 2-1 back in November 2023.”

Marquinhos also attracted interest from Corinthians, but the player himself reportedly chose to join Fluminense, in part to work alongside Brazil interim boss and Fluminense head coach Fernando Diniz. 

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The player was part of Brazil’s squad for the Pre-Olympic tournament, which came to an end on Sunday in heartbreaking circumstances. Brazil had made it all the way to the final qualifier with their Olympic hopes still alive, but they needed a result against Argentina in the final game. They lost 1-0 and failed to qualify. 

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Days after the international disappointment, Marquinhos has now completed his loan transfer back to Brazil. The Brazilian joins on loan until the summer, with the option to buy. Fluminense will sign Marquinhos permanently if certain targets are met. 

The 20-year-old joined Arsenal in the summer of 2022 from Sao Paulo for around £3 million. Before arriving in England, Marquinhos had a year’s experience with his hometown club, having made his senior debut soon after his 18th birthday, helping his side win the Sao Paulo State Championship in 2021. 

Last summer, he was sent out on loan to French club Nantes but was recalled by the Gunners in January, just before he reported for international duty with Brazil. With most European transfer windows now closed, the move back to Fluminense is the only alternative for the player and the club.

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