Hellas Verona are claimed to be eyeing a move to sign Arsenal’s Pablo Mari.
The defender was one of Mikel Arteta first signings, joining on an initial loan deal from Flamengo a month into the Spaniard’s reign in north London, but found himself surplus to requirements last term as Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White formed a strong partnership at the back.
Mari eventually left to join Udinese on loan in January, but has since returned to the club, and is now on the lookout for a new permanent home.
He could be set for a return to Serie A however with reports that Verona are now considering a move to sign him, as quoted in La Gazzetta’s printed edition (as quoted by UdineseBlog.it).
I was a little surprised by how quickly Mari fell out of favour at the Emirates, as I thought he was one of Arteta’s favourites in his opening 18 months, but it is clear at this point that he would have no role to play if he stayed into the new season.
William Saliba is expected to bring further competition for the CB roles this year, and cashing in on Mari seems the most obvious choice.
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