Arsenal’s asking price could scupper their chance of selling outcast

Pablo Mari was surplus to requirements in the summer and Arsenal agreed to allow him to leave them for Udinese in the January transfer window.

The defender had been an important player for the club in the early days of Mikel Arteta’s management, so there is no doubt that he can deliver fine performances for a club.

However, the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White have pushed him further down the pecking order.

At Udinese, he proved he is a top player in Serie A from January and now he has interest from clubs in the competition.

AC Milan and Lazio are reportedly interested in adding him to their squad, but both Italian sides are being scared off by Arsenal’s demands, according to Citta Celeste.

The report claims Mikel Arteta’s side is keen to make as much money as they can from his sale and they want to offload him for €15m.

His suitors believe that is outrageous and they could turn their attention to other targets unless Arsenal lowers it.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Mari has proven that he is a quality player which should make him an asset to us.

However, unless we want to keep him, it makes no sense to set a high asking price for his signature.

If we keep playing hardball, we could be stuck with a player that we don’t exactly need.

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  1. “Proved he is a quality player”?

    I must have missed that, but if I did, why are we selling him?

    Also, if he is a quality player, why is the asking price being contested as too high?
    Saliba = £26,000,000
    White = £50,000,000

  2. We paid a loan fee and a perm transfer fee for this guy and are certainly not going to make our money back. Cannot remember what he’s really done for us either. Another strange buy we made during that awkward transfer window.

    1. My recollection is that Edu arranged for him to be a loan deal and Raul signed him on a permanent deal at the end of the season. His chum i think is Mari’s agent

      1. Arteta signed him as he knew him from his time at city ,the player even said that himself nothing to do with edu just because he was Brazilian .

          1. Is a loan deal a signing? I’m not saying either way. He was there to fill in and I can’t believe he was ever considered as the real deal. I do however, believe that the long term signings of Cedric and Mari were deals orchestrated by RS who was also a chum of Cedric’s agent.

  3. We SHOULD ALSO REMEMBER THAT SINCE COVID, the market , save only for WC quality,has collapsed This is no ones fault but is the realitty and we will never get anywher near£15 mill for such a moderate player. We either reduce his price by a great deal or be stuck with him and his ongoing wages . Sometimes in life, things are simply unfortunate and the timing is too on players of his very moderate ability.
    Reality says he should not have been bought in the first place and that we made an error of judgement. But even so, we were unlucky baecause of the market price collapse since Covid!

  4. People must remember that the players we are trying to sell are bang average. Which is why we are trying to sell them, of our list players that I think we would sell, (if an offer came in) I think Pepe and Xhaka could possibly fetch £20m each. The rest are all £5-15m at best. Leno Bellerin, Ballard, Mari, Tavares, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Torreira, Nelson.
    I know Elneny has just signed a new contract, but I still think if a good offer come in we would consider a sale

  5. If we really want to get rid of players with no future at the club,we have to accept that we may not get the fees we want but we will save millions in wages.

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