Arsenal 'agree new deal' for Pablo Mari

Tanya Simon
January 29, 2020

The former Manchester City man will join the Gunners on loan initially till the end of the season, with an option to make the transfer permanent.

"Mari is a left-footed centre-back so he'll give us some much-needed balance at the back and at 6ft 3" he'll also provide a real aerial presence - something that's been lacking in recent years.

However, a breakthrough in talks was found on Tuesday and GloboSporte claim Mari is now travelling back to London to complete his move to Arsenal today after Flamengo agreed to let the defender leave on a six-month loan.

Despite only just moving to Flamengo a year ago, Mari has now completed his return to Europe to become Arsenal's first signing on the winter transfer window and the first under manager Mikel Arteta.

The report says Arteta feared the worst when Mustafi was carried off and should be relieved by the fact Mustafi will be back within weeks.

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Arsenal were believed to be close to signing Pablo Mari last week, with the Spaniard arriving in London to complete a medical.

Mari touched down in England with Arsenal technical director Edu at the weekend to iron out the final details of his move, but had to return to Brazil after a breakdown in negotiations.

Mikel Arteta now has an extra option to consider at the back, with Mari joining David Luiz, Sokratis and Rob Holding in his defensive ranks.

The Spanish player was a key part of Flamengo's stunning 2019 run that lead them to a Copa Libertadores victory and a narrow loss in the Club World Cup against Liverpool.

However, it is expected the deal will now be completed before Friday's transfer deadline.

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