Arsenal youngster Marquinhos joined Norwich City on loan in January, and he’s since featured twice in the Championship.
Marquinhos, 19, joined Arsenal from Brazilian side Sao Paulo last year. The Gunners paid a reported fee of £3million for the attacker who signed on an initial four-year deal, with Arsenal having the option to extend his stay by a further year.
He made his Premier League debut for Arsenal earlier in the year before joining Norwich City on loan. Marquinhos arrived with a pre-existing injury but made his debut for the club in the 2-0 win over Cardiff City at the end of last month, scoring in what was also his first start for the club too.
So do Norwich City have the option to buy Marquinhos?
No. Numerous sources reported that Norwich City do not have the option to buy Marquinhos at any point, which makes sense given the fact that he’s still a young player yet to cut his teeth in English football, and also given the fact that Arsenal handed him a four-year deal, so the Gunners clearly value him.
But the Canaries now have a very talented player in their ranks as they look to mount a promotion push. Wagner’s side are unbeaten in their last five and they’ve won four of those to move up into 6th place of the table, with 11 league games left to play this season.
Norwich City could yet earn promotion, and Arsenal could go for a summer of spending as they gear up for a likely Champions League campaign next year, so Marquinhos could yet fall further down the pecking order.
Another loan move, or even a potential permanent swoop for Marquinhos shouldn’t be ruled out completely – Norwich City are building something of a South American contingency at Carrow Road with summer signing Gabriel Sara a former teammate of Marquinhos’ at Sao Paulo.
Norwich City return to action v Sunderland this weekend.