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Flamengo’s Mari flies in to join Arsenal with another deal ‘close’

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DOHA, QATAR – DECEMBER 21: Pablo Mari of CR Flamengo competes for the ball with Roberto Firmino of Liverpool, during the FIFA Club World Cup Final Match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

Flamengo defender Pablo Mari has flown to England to finalise a deal to move to Arsenal on loan, according to reports.

The Spanish defender spent three years at Manchester City before joining Flamengo last summer where he’s been a hit, helping them win the Brazilian Serie A.

Mari played 30 times in all competitions, scoring three goals as the Brazilian side won the league by 16 points, while they also lifted their first Copa Libertadores title for 38 years.

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Although he never played in a competitive match for Man City, spending most of his time there out on loan, he is well known to former Citizens assistant coach Mikel Arteta.

And now reports in Goal claims that Arteta is close to completing a deal to bring him to Arsenal as he looks to strengthen his defence.

Mari has ‘flown to England to finalise the transfer’ which will start off as a loan with an option to buy the 26-year-old at the end of the season.

Goal adds that ‘Arsenal hope to wrap up a deal imminently, with the defender expected to undergo a medical over the weekend in London.’

Meanwhile, El Chiringuito presenter Josep Pedrerol (via Sport Witness) has claimed that Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Lemar is ‘close to signing’ for Arsenal.

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It isn’t clear whether the potential move from Atletico to Arsenal would be temporary or permanent but a loan deal would be much more likely.

The TV show adds that Diego Simeone is desperate to bring in a striker, such as Edinson Cavani, but he will have to reduce his wage bill first.

Lemar’s €72m move from Monaco hasn’t quite worked out as planned with the France international failing to score or assist in La Liga or the Champions League this season.

Source: Football 365

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