According to Brazilian outlet Globe Esporte, Arsenal are negotiating with Flamengo over central defender Pablo Mari.
The 26 year old only joined the Rio de Janeiro based side last year, having taken a circuitous route to South America.
The Spaniard began his career with Real Mallorca, before establishing himself with Gimnastic. He then moved to Man City but never played a game for them. Loan spells at NAC Breda and Girona followed, as well as a season at Deportivo la Coruna.
In July of last year he joined Flamengo for around £1m. With Edu as a our Technical Director, the Brazil link makes sense, but he’ll also be well known to manager Mikel Arteta who was at City when he signed in 2016.
The 6’3 defender recently featured for Flamengo in the FIFA Club World Cup Final against Liverpool in Qatar.
The Arsenal boss spoke earlier today about transfers, playing his cards close to his chest, but he did admit the centre of defence was an area that could use some reinforcement.
“We’ve been looking at different positions,” he said.
“Since I joined we lost Calum and we had circumstances and injuries in those positions, so it’s true that at the back we have been short.
“At the moment I am 50/50 because this window is complicated. I only want to bring someone in if I am really convinced he can improve the level that we have.”
The report claims that there is a good chance the deal will go through, and given that it’s likely to be relatively cheap, it’d make some sense.
Let’s see what happens. The transfer window closes next Friday.