Report: European clubs aware that £85k-a-week Arsenal man can leave
A number of European clubs are keeping an eye on Arsenal defender, Pablo Mari, who is available for transfer in January, according to a report from The Athletic.
Mari is among a number of Arsenal players who could leave the club this month. The Athletic claims that both he and Callum Chambers are attracting admiring glances. With Mari in particular, it’s claimed clubs across Europe are monitoring his situation with a view to making a move. Other players, such as Eddie Nketiah, could leave, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles signed for Roma today.
Arsenal only signed Mari on a permanent deal in the summer of 2020. The Gunners paid £14m for the defender. But he is now down the pecking order, and the Gunners could choose to cash in on their man.
The summer signing of Ben White has pushed Mari further out, while Brazilian Gabriel Magalhaes has also cemented himself in the middle. Further, Takehiro Tomiyasu has also proven a fine signing in the summer, while Rob Holding and more are ahead of Mari.
It remains to be seen which clubs are keen on Mari. However, interest from Spain could well come his way.
TBR’s View: Mari Needs To Play, Arsenal Should Sell
Pablo Mari has done a job for Arsenal when needed but the reality is that he’s not quite the very top level defender the Gunners want as main man.
Crucially though, he’s also a saleable asset. He has a few years to run on his £85k-a-week deal, and would no doubt bring in some funds for the Gunners to use elsewhere. Not to mention getting a nice chunk off the wage bill.
It’s not surprising to hear of clubs looking at Mari. He is dependable and for many clubs, will do a job. But Arsenal seem to have moved up a notch, and sadly, some players always get left behind.
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