Monza are set to sign Pablo Mari on a permanent basis after securing their Serie A status.
Arsenal agreed to an obligation-to-buy clause in the Spaniard’s loan agreement last summer which has been triggered now that the Biancorossi have avoided relegation.
It’s believed the Gunners will recoup €7 million from the Silvio Berlusconi-owned side; a tidy sum considering it covers the majority of the fee we paid to Brazilian side Flamengo in July 2020.
According to Calcio e Finanza, Mari is one of five players that Monza will have to buy outright this summer at a cost approaching €46 million.
Mari, 29, has been a mainstay in the Monza starting lineup this season making 25 appearances in the league. His form has been all the more impressive considering he was the victim of an unprovoked attack in October that saw him require surgery on a stab wound in his back.
Since his return to action in January, Monza, playing their first-ever campaign in Italy’s top flight, have lost only three of their last 17 matches.
Arsenal’s coffers will also be boosted by a windfall from Fulham.
The Cottagers paid £3m up front for goalkeeper Bernd Leno last summer and now owe us another £2 million after avoiding relegation. Depending on appearances and Fulham’s form next season, they may have to pay a further £3 million.
A sell-on clause in Matteo Guendouzi’s Marseille contract could also pay dividends. The Stade Velodrome outfit are keen to part ways with the midfielder amid interest from several Premier League clubs including Aston Villa, Newcastle and West Ham United. It’s thought the Gunners have a 15% stake in any fee agreed by the French club.