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Fabrizio Romano confirms Arsenal target will leave current club in 2024

Fabrizio Romano has now confirmed that Arsenal January transfer target is ready to leave current club in 2024

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Speculation continues to swirl around the future of Santos sensation Marcos Leonardo, with renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano shedding light on the young forward’s anticipated departure from the Brazilian club. 

Amidst persistent transfer rumours linking Leonardo to various clubs, Romano provided insights into the player’s future in an interview with CaughtOffside for his Daily Briefing column.

Romano, a trusted source in the football transfer market, affirmed that Leonardo’s departure from Santos in 2024 is an inevitable certainty. He emphasised that this decision had been in the works for months, asserting, “Marcos Leonardo will leave Santos in 2024 for sure, there’s no doubt and it’s not even about the club’s recent relegation; they already decided that months ago.”

Acknowledging the ongoing speculation surrounding Leonardo’s potential destinations, Romano clarified, “There are many links, every week Leonardo is linked with five or six clubs but it’s still at the early stages with agents meeting clubs. There’s nothing concrete or close with Arsenal so far, despite speculation.”

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The 20-year-old forward has emerged as a promising talent, notching an impressive tally of 17 goals for Santos during the 2023 season. His burgeoning potential has piqued the interest of several European powerhouses, prompting discussions about his future beyond Brazil.

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Brazilian striker Marcos Leonardo scored 21 goals in 45 appearances for Santos in 2023 (Image credit: Getty Images)

In a statement quoted in Italian media, Leonardo’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta, highlighted the player’s decision to stay at Santos previously: “He agreed to stay because he wanted to help out until the end of the championship. He didn’t want to leave because it wasn’t the right thing to do. But the time has come to move. He wants to have a European experience, and his time will come this winter.”

Various clubs, including Nottingham Forest, West Ham United, Brentford, Roma, and several others, have expressed interest in securing Leonardo’s services. However, despite the persistent Premier League interest, European heavyweights such as Porto and Sporting CP have also signaled their intent to pursue the talented forward in the upcoming January window.

Santos reportedly values Leonardo at around £20 million, given his impressive track record of 21 goals in 45 appearances for the club this year. While the Premier League remains a focal point for potential suitors, clubs from Italy and Portugal continue their pursuit of the promising Brazilian talent.

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