Arsenal’s Marquinhos completes Norwich loan move

Norwich City have completed the loan signing of Arsenal winger Marquinhos for the remainder of the season.

The 19-year-old Brazilian will wear the number 13 and will be reunited with his former Sao Paulo team-mate Gabriel Sara, who he played alongside until last summer when the pair moved to England.

Marquinhos used Mikel Arteta to his full potential during the first half of the season, making six first-team appearances, including a goal on his debut for FC Zurich.

Norwich have been looking for an attacking option since the summer; The pursuit includes the return of Aston Villa loanee Aaron Ramsey due to knee surgery. Todd Cantwell also confirmed a permanent move to Rangers last week, while Danel Sinani is likely to leave this month if a deal is agreed.

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There is deadline day interest from the league in the Luxembourg striker, whose contract expires in July and is unlikely to stay at Norwich.

The left-footed winger is usually deployed on the right, and Marquinhos’ direct competition will be Kieran Dowell, who played for the club in David Wagner’s first two games as Norwich manager – scoring three goals and assisting one. fourth.

“Marquinhos is a young and exciting wide player, who wants to learn and continue his development,” said Wagner. “I’d like to thank Arsenal for the trust they put in allowing the deal to go through, and Stuart (Webber, sporting director) for getting everything sorted out quickly.”

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Marquinhos is Wagner’s first signing and likely his only signing this month, with Norwich’s parachute payments already accounted for.

However, Wagner will also have Christos Tzolis to call upon for the remainder of the campaign, after his last season’s loan at FC Twente was cut short.

The 21-year-old joined from PAOK for around £9million in August 2021, hoping to establish himself as a Premier League player. However, he has failed to convince either Daniel Farke or Dean Smith that he is ready and is expected to spend the Norwich Championship campaign in the Netherlands.

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The left-winger scored three goals in 15 appearances for Twente, before the loan deal ended with an agreement between the two clubs.

Tzolis has returned to Norwich under David Wagner and remains hopeful of promotion – although that is likely to happen in the play-offs, with Norwich in sixth place. in the Championship but is 15 points below the direct promotion places.

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