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Arsenal reportedly conclude Pablo Mari transfer

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Arsenal have wrapped up a deal to sign Pablo Mari permanently.

That’s according to reports in Brazil who suggest the Gunners have agreed on a record-breaking transfer for a Flamengo defender.

Pablo and Luiz

Coluna Do Fla claim that Mari will seal his switch to north London for a fee of €16m (£14.4m) with bonuses.

The Spanish centre-back is currently on loan from the Brazilian outfit and has seemingly done enough for Mikel Arteta to bring him to north London for the foreseeable future.

Since the start of his temporary stay in the Premier League, Arsenal have already paid a fee of €5m (£4.5m) for his services.

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Arteta went into the January transfer market with a clear idea of wanting to sign a left-footed centre-half.

In the form of Mari, they got exactly that, as the former Manchester City arrived in order to provide the Gunners with a better platform from playing out from the back.

Unfortunately, the 26-year-old has played just 114 minutes in the Premier League since arriving.

Pablo Mari

The Coronavirus wreaked havoc with his first months in London and then in his opening game back, suffered a season-ending injury against his old employers.

Mari injured his ankle ligaments and was subsequently substituted, but despite that blow, Arsenal still look set to add him to their ranks.

Certainly, in terms of his passing, he looks as though he’ll suit the Gunners going forward. He’s completed 85% of his passes in his short Arsenal career to date, a number that eclipses every defender at the club apart from Sokratis.

The Islington outfit have long had defensive issues but given his lack of game time, it remains to be seen whether Mari is the solution.

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PICTURES: Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell join Chelsea training

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Chelsea returned to training today (Wednesday) at Cobham, and there were two new faces joining the rest of the squad, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. The two summer arrivals had yet to train with the squad since signing, dealing with quarantine (presumably) and heel injury issues, respectively.

It’s unclear if either will be fit and ready for this weekend’s match against Liverpool, but it’s still nice to see them in training with the rest of the group! (Those who played on Monday apparently had a lighter session, but were all out there nonetheless.)

There’s no word on how close Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic may be. Ziyech is probably still a couple weeks out with his knee problem, at least, but Pulisic was supposed to be close before suffering a potential setback with his hamstring late last week. Neither were pictured in training, and one would assume their presence would get emphasized had they been there.

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

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