AC Milan target Arsenal centre-back to replace outgoing captain

The Italian giants AC Milan are desperately in need of a centre-back for the next Serie A campaign as the exit of their out-of-contract captain Alessio Romagnoli is on the move, with Chelsea rumoured to be one of the suitors for the free agent.

The Rossoneri have been trying hard to obtain Sven Botman from Lille, but the promising Dutchman has said to be a primary target for Newcastle and the Italians can’t compete with the offer from the newly rich Tynesiders and, according to Sky Italia, have now pulled out of the deal to try and find a cheaper alternative.

One of the names on their list is said to be Arsenal’s very own Pablo Mari, who has had an excellent loan spell at Udinese since January, and is now reported to be very keen to remain in Serie A. The giant centre-back still has two years left on his contract, but I am sure that Arteta would be keen to get him off our wage bill and recoup some of the 14 million that they paid Flamengo a couple of years ago.

I think Mari was very unlucky with his time at Arsenal. He only played twice for us before the Covid lockdown, and in our first game back he got a season-ending injury. Whenever he got his chances after that there was much more competition and he couldn’t get a regular place, but he did his job efficiently when called on.

He obviously fit in well an Serie A, so I hope he gets this move and stays injury free to prove his talent in the future…

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11 Comments

  1. Yes we wish. More like Skenderbeu tenth in the Albanian league want him but only on a free and on 3k p/w salary. And that’s the best offer for Mari on the Arsenal table right now.

  2. Say the truth Mari is average and shouldn’t have been bought. He came in under mysterious circumstance

    He was very poor against Brentford and very very poor against Chelsea. Bullied badly by Toney and later Lukaku.

    Only Edu knows how such poor players manage to come to Arsenal.

  3. So it seems that even Mikel can make a mistake when buying CB’s!!
    With him paying £50,000,000 for White as well, way over the top, it looks like Gabriel is his only real success.

  4. I think that MARI, while not remotely being in any way a good player, was still a cut above many of thr long list of DUD CB’ s actively collected and played by a certain Arsene Wenger. If we can get approx £12 mill, it’s a good sale.
    I surely need not list them ALL; in any case, I have only half an hour left before needing to pause for a while.

    1. Maybe you should leave the CB judging to the professionals ,didn’t you say Ben white was the best centre back we’ve had since Campbell ?
      Actually don’t bother answering that because you did .

      1. Dan, in just two and a half years, we have seen Luiz, White and Mari (re) signed, while Saliba was waiting in the wings, ready to play for The Arsenal.

        Our defence, despite having a complete revamp since Wenger left, has still let in more goals than any of Wenger’s seasons, bar his final one and even then there was only a five goal better off situation – how on earth did MA manage to do that?

        It was all Wenger’s fault while he was in charge, but, as you rightly say, it’s Teflon time now!!!

        1. The defence is no better than anytime in the last decade Ken as you rightly said about goals conceded last season and this is after massive investment in defensive players .

          I just hope we see some exciting offensive players signed because I don’t think I can watch another season of that dull football we’ve been witnessing for the last 3-4 years .
          Problem being though is that not getting CL football the clubs might have to settle for the left overs ,rinse and repeat it seems .
          But not alls bad atleast Arteta got a nice new contract for the amazing progress we’ve seen since he rocked up .

            1. Apart from Jon Fox who thinks he has been a rip roaring success.
              My opinion is we have climbed the table whilst making the same mistakes and displaying the same weaknesses as we have done for years – so it is more down to the teams around us regressing and not us improving.

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