Arsenal’s Brazilian winger Marquinhos is set to spend the season on loan in Greece with Olympiacos.
Signed as a teenager last year, Marquinhos made several appearances for the Gunners in the Europa League, but spent the second half of last season on loan in the Championship with Norwich City.
Although he impressed everybody with his attitude, his goal contribution was minimal, and it is felt that the 20 year old needs regular first team football to unlock his potential.
Olympiacos already has several other Brazilian players, so it is hoped that it will not take him long to acclimatise to his new surroundings.
And, as the case of William Saliba has shown, being sent on loan early in an Arsenal career does not preclude him from having a long-term future at the club.
Olympiacos are owned by Greek businessman Evangelos Marinakis, who also owns Nottingham Forest.
With reports that they owe millions of pounds to players and agents, Arsenal might want to ensure that the loan fee is nailed down before they allow Marquinhos to make the move.
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.