Arsenal defender Pablo Mari is set for a permanent Udinese switch

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Mari has failed to maintain a permanent starting place at Arsenal (Photo: Getty)

Udinese is ready to sign Arsenal’s Pablo Mari this summer after a successful loan spell in Italy.

Mari, 28, joined the Serie A team in January after falling out of favor with Emirates manager Mikel Arteta.

At Udinese, the defender has so far performed well with 11 league starts, with the club’s sporting director Pierpaolo Marino recently revealing his desire to keep the player beyond the end of the season.

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Mari has enjoyed her time in Udinese (Photo: Getty)

According to football.london, the Gunners are eager to make the deal happen as they hope to save over £ 7 million in performance-related bonuses in Mari’s contract.

Last January, Brazilian business Globo Esporte reported that North Londoners are obliged to pay Flamengo, his former club, a € 1 million (£ 865,000) bonus every time Mari plays 10 Premier League appearances, limited to 80 views.

The Spaniard has been a disappointment at Arsenal since signing from Flamengo in 2020.

Despite winning the FA Cup in his first campaign, Mari failed to maintain a solid starting position and was heavily criticized earlier in the season for poor performance in the Gunners’ back-to-back league defeats against Brentford and Chelsea.

After being thrown aside by Arteta, Mari was number four in the pick order behind Ben White, Gabriel and Rob Holding before his departure.

In a speech to the Gazette dello Sport this month, Mari revealed his desire to stay in Udinese next season despite being under contract at the Emirates until 2024.

He said: ‘I would like to stay in Italy. I’m doing very well in Udinese and I would be happy to bring the club even higher up in the standings. Of course, I still have a two-year contract with Arsenal. ‘

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