Pablo Mari: Arsenal's bid for Spanish defender suffers setback over transfer fee

Pablo Mari: Arsenal's bid for Spanish defender suffers setback over transfer fee

- Pablo Mari's Premier League move is hanging in uncertainty

- The Spaniard defender reportedly underwent medicals at Emirates during the weekend

- But it seems Arsenal are not ready to fulfil their own part of the deal for the centre-back

Pablo Mari's anticipated move to Arsenal seems to be inching towards a collapse after the Premier League side reportedly failed to fulfil their own part of the deal.

The Spanish centre back, who joined Brazilian top side Flamengo from Manchester City, had earlier confirmed he would be joining the West London side in days coming.

Mari completed his medical on Saturday, January 25, but the emerging report claims the deal may hit the rock with less than four days to the end of the January transfer.

The defender has now flown back to Brazil after Arsenal showed lack of commitment toward £7million transfer fee.

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Flamengo, it was reported, are willing to sell Mari on a permanent deal but Arsenal are not ready to make a permanent move for the defender.

Instead, they wanted a deal that would enable the centre back to switch to Arsenal on loan-- albeit with an option of purchase in the future.

Mari emerged a transfer target for the Premier League side as Mikel Arteta hopes to bolster his defence with a tough centre back who can partner with David Luis at the backline.

Shkodran Mustafi has been a choice in recent times but a fall in quality has seen his position threatened with Arteta hoping to get a solution with another big star.

Mustafi was practically a shadow of his brilliant self as 10-man Arsenal pulled an epic comeback to force Chelsea to 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Mari joined Flamengo from Man City last summer for a reported fee of just £1 million, but the defender never had a taste of Premier League football while at Etihad.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Arsenal talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reportedly informed Barcelona he is ready to complete a move to Camp Nou.

Aubameyang is understood to be on Barca's wish list this January as the La Liga giants seek a permanent replacement for Luis Suarez.

Suarez is set to be sidelined for close to four months after undergoing knee surgery, forcing Barcelona into the market in search of reinforcements.

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