Arsenal confirm signing of Flamengo defender
Pablo Mari of Flamengo joins Arsenal on loan.
Pablo Mari will be Arteta’s first signing as the Spanish defender on-loan signing from Brazilian side Flamengo has been confirmed by Arsenal.
A Potential deal for Mari includes £4m initial loan fee plus £8m payment if Arsenal take up the option to make the deal permanent
The Spaniard was in London last weekend but returned to Brazil at the beginning of this week due to breakdown in negotiation between Arsenal and the Rio de Janeiro based club
In a message on Arsenal official website, the club Technical director Edu said: “Pablo is an experienced player who will provide us with additional defensive quality.
“We have been monitoring Pablo’s career for a while and we are very pleased to have reached agreement with Flamengo for him to join us initially until the end of our season.
“Together with Mikel and his coaching team, we are all looking forward to seeing Pablo in an Arsenal shirt.”
26-year-old Mari, last year, helped Flamengo to win the Brazilian Serie A title and the Copa Libertadores.
Before joining Flamengo last July, Mari had been at Manchester City since 2016, where he had three different season-long loan spells in Girona, NAC Breda, and Deportivo La Coruna.
Upon making a permanent move away from City last July, the Spaniard made 22 appearances for Flamengo
Mari developed his youth career in Spain with RCD Mallorca, where he made his La Liga debut at the age of just 17. Three years later in 2013. He joined Spanish side Gimnastic, where he made nearly 100 appearances in his three seasons with the Catalonian club.
Meanwhile, there’s a report that Dani Ceballos, signed on loan from Real Madrid in the summer would want to end his loan due to lack of playing time.
Responding to the news, Arteta said: “I had a conversation with Dani. When I joined the club he wasn’t here, he was in Madrid because he was doing his rehab – for over a month – in Madrid with the team that owns him.
“And then, when I came here, he was doing his rehab and by the first two or three weeks he was getting back to fitness and I haven’t seen much of him because he’s only trained with us for a week or 10 days, you know. So it’s very early to assess what I can or cannot do with him.
“I heard about all those things but I have nothing to comment.”
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