The deal for Flamengo defender Marí is a loan with an option to buy, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.
Arsenal agree deal with Flamengo to sign 26y Spaniard Pablo Mari on loan + option to buy. Fulfils Arteta request for left-footed centre-back. #AFC could make 1 more loan signing before deadline. Indication is Mustafi has ankle sprain so not as serious as 1st feared @TheAthleticUk— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) January 29, 2020
Earlier today, Futaa reported that a deal was close and it seems that it will be confirmed today.
Arsenal's current injury situation is far from ideal with Calum Chambers out long-term with cruciate ligament damage and Shkodran Mustafi out shorter-term with an ankle sprain sustained against Bournemouth. With Rob Holding still looking rusty after recently returning to the fold, an extra central defender wads a priority for Mikel Arteta and Pablo Mari is his man.
Marí will join the Gunners for the remainder of the 2019/2020 season. Marí was a key figure in Flamengo's Copa Libertadores and Brasileirão title wins last season.
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