In our last transfer round-up, we mentioned that Pablo Mari was attracting covetous looks from Serie A side Sampdoria.
Since then, various reports have suggested a move to Italy is on the cards but it’s Udinese who are now the favourites to take the Spaniard on loan.
The centre-back hasn’t had a very happy time of things at Arsenal since signing on loan from Flamengo two years ago. While he managed to squeeze in a couple of appearances before the UK was plunged into lockdown, Pablo got injured in the first game back three months later and spent six months on the sidelines.
While his move was made permanent in that time, by the time he was fit, the club had also extended David Luiz’s contract for another season and recruited Gabriel. That, coupled with Rob Holding’s form meant game time was again limited in 2020/21.
Despite Luiz moving on last summer, the retention of Holding and the signing of Ben White from Brighton underlined that the 28-year-old is not in Mikel Arteta’s plans. He’s only made three appearances this season, two of those in the opening week, to take his total tally for the senior squad to 22.
It’s a frustrating state of affairs for him so a move away from the club certainly makes sense.
Sky’s Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio claims, Udinese will cover part of Pablo’s salary but won’t have an option to buy.
Arsenal are also expected to conclude loan deals for Sead Kolasinac, linked heavily with Marseille, Folarin Balogun, on the verge of joining Middlesbrough, while question marks hang over the future of Eddie Nketiah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Calum Chambers, Cedric Soares and Mo Elneny.