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Flamengo confirm departure of Arsenal transfer target Pablo Mari


first_img Comment Pablo Mari becomes Mikel Arteta’s first signing as Arsenal manager (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to complete the signing of Pablo Mari after Flamengo confirmed the departure of the Spanish defender.The impending arrival of the 26-year-old will represent the first signing of Mikel Arteta’s reign as head coach and will provide him with much needed defensive cover.Mari was signed by Manchester City in the summer of 2016 but he failed to make a single appearance for the Premier League champions and was sent out on loan to Girona, NAC and Deportivo, before joining Brazilian giants Flamengo.Mari played a pivotal role in Flamengo’s recent Copa Libertadores success and starred against Liverpool in last month’s FIFA Club World Cup final in Qatar.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are due to welcome William Saliba back from his loan spell at St Etienne at the end of the season but Arteta is short of options at the heart of his defence with Shkodran Mustafi now on the treatment table after he picked up an ankle sprain during Monday’s win at Bournemouth.Chegou a hora de nos despedirmos desse zagueiro que chegou ao Flamengo para deixar a sua marca na nossa história com os títulos da Conmebol Libertadores e do Campeonato Brasileiro. Pablo Marí, obrigado por tudo. 👏🏆🇪🇸#CRF pic.twitter.com/z5skwsimzO— Flamengo (@Flamengo) January 29, 2020 Advertisement Flamengo confirm departure of Arsenal transfer target Pablo Mari Calum Chambers will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, while Rob Holding has struggled to recapture his best form since recovering from an identical injury which ruled him out for nine months.Mari arrived in London on Saturday, accompanied by Arsenal’s technical director Edu, but returned to Brazil less than 24 hours later amid reports that the deal had broken down.Talks, however, resumed earlier this week and Flamengo were said to be unhappy with Arsenal’s demanding an initial loan move with an option to buy.But according widespread reports in Brazil, Arsenal are said to have reach a compromise and Mari will join the Gunners on loan for the remainder of the season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal have agreed to pay a loan fee of €5 million (£4.2m) to sign Mari now and the deal includes the option to sign the 26-year-old permanently in the summer.Arteta, meanwhile, remains hopeful of adding one more new signing to his injury-ravaged squad before Friday’s deadline but, given the restricted funds available to him, a loan arrival appears to be his only option.MORE: Arsenal target another loan signing once Pablo Mari transfer is doneMORE: Dani Ceballos unhappy with Mikel Arteta after talks over role at Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 Jan 2020 12:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Advertisementlast_img read more