Arsenal is set to make its first January signing, as Flamengo’s Pablo Mari has arrived in London for his medicals.
The centre-back is set to join the Gunners on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent move in the summer.
The Spaniard has worked with Mikel Arteta before at Manchester City, however, he never played a senior game for City.
Mari has had loan spells at Girona, NAC Breda and Deportivo La Coruna, before joining Flamengo on a one-year deal in July.
He featured 30 times for the Brazilian side in the 2019 season and was part of the defence which shut out Liverpool over 90 minutes in last month's Club World Cup final, which the Reds eventually won 1-0 in extra-time.