To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Not now
OK
Advert

Hellas Verona Show Interest In Summer Move For Arsenal's Pablo Mari

Published 
| Last updated 

Hellas Verona Show Interest In Summer Move For Arsenal's Pablo Mari

Hellas Verona are interested in signing Arsenal defender Pablo Mari this summer, according to reports from Italy.

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Serie A side Hellas Verona are looking to bring in Arsenal's Pablo Mari during the current transfer window.

Mari spent the last six months on loan at Udinese, and it was a strong spell overall.

The centre-back made 15 appearances and scored a couple of goals, quickly slotting into the starting lineup under Udinese coach Gabriele Cioffi.

Advert

Cioffi was caretaker manager at the time, and he wasn't offered a permanent role with the club. Hellas Verona took the opportunity to pick him up instead.

As a result, Cioffi is now keen to bring Arsenal's Mari with him from Udinese to Verona.

Hellas Verona sporting director Francesco Marroccu is also keen, looking to support his new manager by completing the signing.

28-year-old Mari looks set to bring a rather short Arsenal spell to an end this summer, one way or another.

Advert

Though the defender only joined from Flamengo in 2020, he's already fallen out of favour with his parent club.

Mikel Arteta only gave Mari three starts in the first half of the season, two in the Premier League in August - whilst Gabriel Magalhaes was injured - and one in the League Cup in September.

The Spaniard was even consigned to a bench role when Arsenal took on lower-league opposition in the FA Cup third-round in January.

It's hard to see Mari bouncing back from that to become a regular Arsenal starter, particularly with the reported interest in Lisandro Martinez.

Advert

With the potential addition of Martinez and other options with experience at left-centre-back like Gabriel, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and William Saliba, Mari's best bet is a fresh start elsewhere.


The main drawback of Serie A interest, from an Arsenal point of view, is that Italian sides haven't made them particularly substantial transfer offers in the past.

Advert

Whether you look at AS Roma's failed pursuit of Granit Xhaka or Fiorentina's decision to forego their €15m purchase clause for Lucas Torreira, the signs don't point to a big bid from Hellas Verona.

Arsenal may have to accept that the primary benefit of a sale is clearing non-homegrown space in the squad and moving on Mari's wages.

Hellas Verona did at least finish in the top half of Serie A last season, a few places above Udinese.

Given he wasn't involved in the June internationals, Mari is currently expected back in training with Arsenal on Monday.

Advert

Though if the defender isn't involved, that could point to a transfer being more advanced.

Featured Image Credit: Sportimage/Alamy Live News

Topics: Arsenal

Dan Critchlow
More like this
Advert
Advert
Advert

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Football

The moment Alexandre Lacazette grabbed Cedric by the face in Arsenal brawl captured by All Or Nothing cameras

8 hours ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Joachim Andersen posts some of the vile Instagram DM's he received after Liverpool game

17 hours ago