Arsenal’s deal to sign Brazilian teenager Marquinhos has hit an unexpected setback.
The Gunners had exploited the fact that Sao Paolo had effectively broken the rules by signing the highly talented player to a long-term deal when he was underage, by effectively stepping in and acquiring him for a fee of around £3.5 million.
He has already flown to London to undergo his medical and complete the other formalities and, to all and extent of purposes he is now an Arsenal player.
However, now Wolves have complained that Marquinhos had signed a pre-contract agreement with them and have hired a Brazilian lawyer.
They may now be ready to take legal action against the player, although that is unlikely to prevent the deal going through, because the Gunners say that have been given binding legal guarantees.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.