Two Serie A clubs battling over Arsenal defender

Pablo Mari is a man in demand ahead of the commencement of the new Italian top-flight campaign

Premier League giants Arsenal look set for an imminent funds boost, owing to mounting interest in an out-of-favour member of the club’s defensive ranks.

The player inching towards a move to Italy? Pablo Mari.

Stopper Mari, of course, spent the 2nd half of this past season out on loan in Serie A, enjoying a productive stint en route to 15 starts with Udinese.

With the Friulani having ultimately opted against making the Spaniard’s arrival permanent, though, Mari has since returned to north London.

Fellow central defender William Saliba’s return to base with Mikel Arteta’s troops, though, meant that Mari remaining a part of the setup at the Emirates for the season ahead always looked unlikely.

In turn, it should come as little surprise, on Monday, to hear of developments towards an imminent exit.

As per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Serie A newcomers Monza are ‘optimistic’ of landing Mari, after taking steps forward in ongoing negotiations with the powers that be at Arsenal.

Fellow Italian outfit Hellas Verona too remain keen on the 28-year-old, but it is Monza, as things stand, who are viewed as clear frontrunners to secure Mari’s services this summer.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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