You’ve probably heard that Arsenal were very close to completing the signing of Pablo Mari from Flamengo on loan, and you may have hear that the deal has collapsed. Now stories are appearing that it is very much alive and kicking, and that it has never been in danger of collapsing.
The 26-year-old arrived to London over the weekend to discuss the move, and returned afterwards to Brazil. This is the point up to which all reports are in agreement, but also where they start heading their separate ways.
Daily Mail claim that the defender has returned to Brazil disappointed, due to the talks not ending well, which would have left Arsenal scratching their heads and assessing their further possible courses. The report has quickly been picked up by plenty of other outlets which spread a huge sense of frustration among the Gunners’ fanbase.
However, other sources believe the situation is completely different than that. Football.london claim that Arsenal’s pursuit of Mari is ‘very much alive’, and that nothing should be read in his return to Brazil for one very simple reason – it was always the player’s plan to go back for a few days at least after the talks, regardless of their outcome.
However, the deal hasn’t been agreed yet. Apparently, Flamengo want a permanent transfer now, before the window closes on Friday. Arsenal on the other hand aim for a loan deal with an option to buy at the end of the season, which has been their approach to every potential centre-back signing this month.
Manager Mikel Arteta recently admitted his options at the back are rather short at the moment, especially due to the season-ending injury of Calum Chambers, but he refused to go into details about any particular signings. He just added that other positions may need looking into as well.