Arsenal continue summer sale as Pablo Mari seals Monza loan exit for permanent transfer


rsenal continued to eliminate their fringe players with Pablo Mari joining Italian club Monza on loan.

The loan has an obligation clause to be made permanent next summer based around Monza to avoid relegation from Serie A and the amount of appearances Mari is making for them.

If the move goes through then, Arsenal will collect around €7m (£5.9m), with that figure including the loan fee the club received in the summer.

Mari joined the Gunners in January 2020 and cost around £6.8m after his initial loan was made permanent the following summer.

However, he failed to find a regular first-team spot and was sent to Udinese midway through last season and left after making just 22 appearances for Arsenal, scoring once.

Monza, owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, have been promoted to Serie A ahead of the new campaign.

The Italian club have been on the hunt for a centre-back all summer and moved for Mari when they learned he was available.

Arsenal have looked to downsize their squad this summer and will continue to do so over the coming weeks.

Goalkeeper Alex Runarsson is likely to be the next to go, with a loan move to Turkish side Antalyaspor in the works.

Right-back Hector Bellerin is also expected to leave as he has a one-year contract and wants to return to Real Betis, where he spent last season on loan. Midfielder Ainsley Matiland-Niles is also up for sale.

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