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Arsenal make progress on outgoings after £208m transfer splurge with three exits close

EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal winger Marquinhos looks set to join Olympiacos on a season-long loan deal with two other departures also close

Arsenal are beginning to turn the screw in their quest to clear the decks at the Emirates Stadium and a number of first-team departures are now edging closer following a £208million transfer splurge. Express Sport understands the 20-year-old Brazilian looks set to join Olympiacos on loan following his spell with Championship side Norwich City last season.

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The tricky attacker, signed for £3m from Sao Paulo in the summer of 2022, netted just once in 11 league outings at Carrow Road during the second half of last season.

Sources suggest a deal with Olympiacos is now on the verge of completion as Marquinhos continues his period of adaptation in Europe after leaving his homeland of South America.

Elsewhere, Auston Trusty is set to complete his £5m switch to Premier League side Sheffield United in the coming days.

The 24-year-old flourished on loan in the Championship with Birmingham City last season and has spent pre-season with the Gunners in the USA.

Trusty was a staple at St Andrews last season, scoring four times in 44 Championship outings in the Midlands.

Arsenal are understood to view the deal as superb business given Trusty was valued at just $1.5m in January 2022 when he joined the club from Stan Kroenke’s Colorado Rapids.

He has failed to make a first-team appearance during his 18-month spell with the Gunners but could now prove to be a hit in the Premier League with Paul Heckingbottom’s Blades following their return to the top-flight

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Besiktas are also exploring the possibility of signing £72m flop Nicolas Pepe, who has also attracted interest from Saudi Arabia.

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