·30 January 2023
·30 January 2023
Norwich City are set to secure the loan signing of Arsenal winger Marquinhos until the end of the season “in the next 24 hours”, Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor has told GiveMeSport.
The 19-year-old is looking for regular first-team action as he looks to make his mark for David Wagner’s side.
On Monday morning, Taylor exclusively revealed that Marquinhos is set to join Norwich on loan until the end of the season after the Gunners allowed the teenager to travel to Norfolk for his medical.
The winger signed for the north London outfit from Sao Paulo last summer for a fee of £3m but has unsurprisingly found regular first-team opportunities hard to come by, with Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Reiss Nelson all being ahead of him in the pecking order.
Transfer insider Dean Jones told GiveMeSport last September that it was always likely that the Brazilian would head out on loan after initially familiarising himself with things at the Emirates Stadium, with a move to East Anglia seeming to be the perfect switch this month.
And Taylor believes that Marquinhos’ move to Carrow Road will be completed within 24 hours unless there are any changes late in the day.
Taylor told GiveMeSport: “He’s been travelling up to Norwich today to undergo a medical with the club. Unless there are any late hiccups, that move will be completed in the next 24 hours.”
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Marquinhos – who has been described as an “astute” player by journalist Josh Bunting – could just be the tonic Norwich need to secure an immediate promotion back to the Premier League.
The Canaries currently sit in sixth place in the Championship, 15 points behind Sheffield United in second, suggesting that automatic promotion would require a remarkable turn of events in the second half of the campaign.
But Marquinhos will be hoping he can add to his solitary strike and assist in six senior Arsenal appearances this season by lighting up the Championship and securing a play-off spot for Wagner’s side.
Despite his lack of regular game time, the forward has earned himself an average WhoScored rating of 7.18 for his showings in the Europa League, ranking as Arteta’s top performer in the continent’s second-tier competition.
Therefore, Marquinhos will be confident that he can transfer his continental form to the Championship as Norwich look to bounce straight back into English football’s top tier at the first time of asking.
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