Various reports this morning suggest that Pablo Mari has returned to Brazil without completing his move from Flamengo to Arsenal.
The Spaniard arrived in London at the weekend and underwent a medical, but as yet no agreement has been made between the two clubs.
Sources suggest the plan was always for him to return to Rio, despite the fact he said his goodbyes to teammates last week.
Talks between Arsenal and Flamengo over Pablo Mari are "ongoing". Player was always due to return to Brazil.@TheAthleticUK
— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) January 27, 2020
One of the stumbling blocks appears to be that Flamengo are insistent that the deal be permanent, whereas Arsenal are trying to take the player on loan at first with an obligation to buy.
Given that the Brazilian side would have had to give him permission to travel to England in the first place, the two parties can’t be that far apart in terms of an agreement, so it’s expected that the deal would be completed this week.
Is there another issue though? Could it possibly be a case that Arseblog News – having prepared a time-saving ‘Pablo Mari signs for Arsenal’ draft – have dropped a full-on Higuain on this signing?
We couldn’t possibly say.
Update from Brazil
The ways Arsenal are trying to complete Pablo Marí’s deal do not appeal to Flamengo, who has not agreed to sell the defender. The player underwent medical tests, passed, but had no agreement between the clubs for an outcome.
Another update here suggests that Arsenal have a ‘financial problem’, in that they can’t pay the €9m fee. Which might go some way to explaining why we’re trying to do a loan deal.