Arsenal’s deal to sign defender Pablo Mari from Brazilian side Flamengo is reportedly on the ‘verge of collapse’.
The Spanish defender spent three years at Manchester City before joining Flamengo last summer where he’s been a hit, helping them win the Brazilian Serie A.
Mari played 30 times in all competitions, scoring three goals as the Brazilian side won the league by 16 points, while they also lifted their first Copa Libertadores title for 38 years.
Although he never played in a competitive match for Man City, spending most of his time there out on loan, he is well known to former Citizens assistant coach Mikel Arteta.
A report on Saturday claimed that the defender had ‘flown to England to finalise the transfer’ – which would start off with an initial loan with a view to a permanent move – but now the Daily Mail claim there has been a ‘late hitch’ in the deal.
Despite passing a medical, Mari has flown back to Brazil ‘disappointed’ after talks stalled.
The Daily Mail adds that ‘negotiations between Flamengo and Arsenal are still ongoing’ as they search for a resolution.