Report – Villarreal keen on signing Arsenal defender

Arsenal defender, Pablo Mari, is attracting the attention of Villarreal as they eye a replacement for the sought-after Pau Torres.

The Spaniards have kept Torres from the clutches of top European teams for the last two seasons.

But he continues to get better and the interest in his signature remains strong.

They have had an inconsistent season which could see them miss out on European football.

This would make it more likely that he would leave and El Gol Digital is reporting that they have identified Mari as one player that could replace him.

The Spaniard has been an assured presence in the Arsenal defence when he has played, but injuries have limited his playing time at the Emirates.

Although he is a key player for Arsenal, the Spaniards are confident that they can tempt the Gunners and the player to make the transfer.

Villarreal would have money to spend if they sell Torres and the report claims that Arsenal will want around 5m euros for his sale, the same fee they paid Flamengo to land him.

The current Arsenal team is still being rebuilt and Mari has looked like an ideal addition to the team and it will be interesting to see if they would allow him to leave.

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  1. Some rumours are better not reported. Who told you Arsenal got him for £5m ? Who told you we are ready 2 sell him for £5m or Mari is ready 2 leave ? Can you the poster leave paradise 2 the jungle ? The answer is no, so he’s not leaving.

  2. Let them add a zero to the £5 million then we can start negotiation. 🤗🤗
    Why do they always value our players so cheap. 🤦🤦
    Ivan Toney is now valued £30 million, a player that cost Brentford just 5million last summer.

    1. Our players are valued cheaper that most because of a few things:

      -poor selling history accepting low prices
      -over a decade of decline making us less attractive to stay
      -we never sell at the right time

  3. Stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. Who ever does the calculations at that club needs to be fired immediately. I wouldnt accept anything less then 50 mil with at least a 7% sell on clause

  4. Going to assumption Saliba will be part of first team squad.

    If we get upwards on £20 million for Mari I can understand the temptation to sell him, hold on to David Luiz for another year and bring Mavropanos back into the fold.

  5. If it’s for a profit we should sell. We have many CB’s. The chances to make money off this player are very very limited. He’s been fine but is never going to be an instrumental player.

  6. Our only consistently performing CB and for 5 M. Whoever made the rumour is nuts.
    May be if they add a zero, it will make sense.

    1. Holding and Mari are our best CB pairing in my opinion.Unfortunately they both lack pace, and because of this we cannot afford to adopt a “high line” defensive strategy.Chelsea had the same problem which their new Manager identified quickly and changed to a back three.Whether they can continue to dominate play using this defensive system remains to be seen but I do not feel it would be effective for Arsenal.Both Saliba and Mavroponas are quick and hopefully they will get the opportunity to show this with Arsenal next season.Arteta will soon have to make decisions on which CBs are surplus to requirements and unfortunately I have a feeling that Luis will not be one of them.In his day he has been a very good ball playing CB ,but his legs are gone, and his innings must surely be drawing to a close.One thing I can guarantee however we will not be acquiring another CB in the next transfer window.

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