Udinese are keen to agree a loan move for Pablo Mari in the coming hours after moving into pole position to sign the defender from Arsenal, according to TuttoMercatoWEB.
The Serie A outfit are eager to seal a temporary deal for the Spaniard to get ahead of rival interest from Sampdoria. Roberto D’Aversa’s Blucerchiati have been hot on Mari’s situation for some time. But the Stadio Luigi Ferraris natives are now following Luca Gotti’s Dacia Arena outfit.
Udinese have advanced their negotiations with Arsenal in a bid to secure Mari’s loan transfer quickly. The two teams are yet to finalize terms but are closer than Sampdoria.
It is increasingly likely that Mari will leave Arsenal and move to Italy this month, either with Udinese or Sampdoria. TuttoMercatoWEB have also reported interest from Fiorentina, AC Milan and Turin, as well as La Liga duo Valencia and Villarreal of Unai Emery.
Sampdoria also led the transfer race for Mari early on, but Calciomercato note that the Blucerchiati would need Arsenal to pay part of his salary. The issue is a problem in D’Aversa’s pursuit. The Gunners are, however, willing to provide a loan with the option or obligation to buy.
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Mari is still two and a half years old on the £85,000 per week contract signed after joining Arsenal from Flamengo in 2020 following a first loan. The full deal, including a £4million loan fee, set the Gunners back £12 millionbut he has rarely featured since.
The 28-year-old featured 18 times in all competitions last term and has only featured in three games so far this term. He also hasn’t played in any competition since September, when Mikel Arteta fielded him in the Carabao Cup.
Mari last played a Premier League game against Chelsea in August when Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes were absent. Even though Gabriel praised his fellow centre-half.
“I see it [Mari] is a spectacular person and I see how much he supports me when I’m on the pitch,” said Gabriel ESPN Brazil in April last year. “He always congratulates me, talks to me – during breaks too. What he sees there, in what I can improve and vice versa.