According to Italian publication Il Messaggero Veneto, Arsenal are keeping tabs on Udinese’s right-back Nahuel Molina and could use Pablo Mari as a makeweight in a potential summer deal.
Molina, 24, joined the Bianconeri on a free transfer in 2020 after four years in and around the Boca Juniors first team and quickly established himself as a regular at the Dacia Arena.
His performances during his debut season in Serie A didn’t go unnoticed with the player earning selection to the Argentina national team – he would go on to win the Copa America last summer – and an improved deal.
In this campaign, he’s scored seven goals and made four assists in 32 appearances, which is no mean feat for a defender.
His form has attracted a number of suitors – Inter Milan and Juventus amongst them – and his value has rocketed towards the €30 million mark.
It’s said that Arsenal could bring the price down by including Mari, currently on loan at Udinese, as part of the deal. The Spaniard is enjoying his time in Italy and has already expressed an interest in extending his stay.
The big question heading into the summer is whether Arsenal would want to spend big money on a right-back?
Takehiro Tomiyasu has made a real impact at Emirates Stadium since joining from Bologna although his injury issues have taken a shine off his bright start.
Cedric has provided solid enough backup to date but you suspect we could be tempted to upgrade even with Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles due to return from their loans and a couple of youngsters waiting in the wings.
Is Molina in our sights? We’re experienced enough to know that most ‘swap deal’ talk is utter guff. That’s not to say the player isn’t on the move. Udinese have already secured a long-term replacement in Derby’s 19-year-old right-back Festy Ebosele.