According to Globo Esporte, the outlet that first broke the story of Arsenal’s interest in Pablo Mari, the centre-half will travel back to London today to complete a loan move to the Gunners.
It will be his second transatlantic trip in just a few days. As we all know, he arrived at Heathrow last Saturday with Technical Director Edu, and underwent a medical which he passed without a problem.
However, the trifling matter of agreement between the clubs scuppered his chances of signing and he was ordered back to Brazil by his parent club Flamengo.
They wanted to sell him, Arsenal only wanted to loan him, and the sticking point appears to have been a clause over an obligation versus an option to buy him at the end.
Negotiations between the two sides continued this week, and it now seems as if they’ve found a deal which suits both parties. The 26 year old will spend the rest of the season on loan with us, and for that we’ll pay the Brazilian outfit a fee of around €5m.
This is more or less what we paid Barcelona last season for Denis Suarez. To put it in perspective, Inter Milan were seeking a €7m fee for Ivan Perisic last January.
Right now, it’s a little unclear as to whether there’s a purchase clause of some kind in the deal, but that should be revealed as when there’s confirmation of the signing – the word is there’s an option for us to do it, which makes a fair bit of sense.
Hopefully the player left some of his bags in a storage locker at Heathrow so he can deplane with alacrity carrying just hand luggage, allowing him to more quickly have the chats with Charles Watts who we assume will be waiting for him in arrivals.