According to a new report from Fichajes, Arsenal may make a move for Santos attacker Marcos Leonardo in the upcoming season. According to rumors, the Gunners are considering a move to lure the young Brazilian to North London in 2024.
Impressive Ascent Of Leonardo In Brazilian Football
The 20-year-old has rapidly advanced at the Brazilian club and has solidly cemented himself as an important component of their assault. In his 156 senior games for Santos to date, Leonardo has registered 52 goals and 11 assists across all competitions.
In the Brasileirao, the talented striker is averaging 2.7 shots, 1.0 critical passes, and 0.7 dribbles per game, which has drawn the attention of many. After successfully completing 77% of his attempted passes in the Brazilian first division, he has even been effective when distributing the ball from inside his half (statistics from whoscored).
By the end of 2026, his current contract with Santos will have expired. Therefore, if the Gunners are serious about signing Leonardo next season, they must present a compelling offer.
SANTOS, BRAZIL – JULY 23: On July 23, 2023, in Santos, Brazil, Marcos Leonardo of Santos runs with the ball during a game between Santos and Botafogo as a part of Brasileirao Series A 2023 at Urbano Caldeira Stadium (Vila Belmiro).
Arsenal Could Move In For Leonardo: Is He A Prospect For The Future?
Leonardo is able to create a yard of space for himself so he can take a few shots on goal. He possesses the vision to provide his colleagues up top some significant opportunities. The phenomenon from Brazil is also a competent ball dribbler. He is a center-forward who can also play as a backup forward if necessary.
Leonardo, who is 20 years old, has a bright future as long as he keeps developing his all-around game.
Leonardo would therefore be a fantastic long-term purchase for the Gunners to make in 2024. At the Emirates Stadium, he can already compete favorably against Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah.
The Brazilian whizkid’s ability to adjust to the physicality and intense intensity of Premier League football will, however, only become apparent with time. However, there is no disputing that Leonardo is a future player to keep an eye on. It would be wise for Mikel Arteta to make every effort to entice him to the North London club in January or at the conclusion of this season.