Arsenal agree new £4.2m deal to sign Pablo Mari from Flamengo

first_imgPablo Mari will join Arsenal on loan for a £4.2m fee (Getty Images)But according widespread reports in Brazil, Arsenal now found a resolution with Flamengo which will see Mari join the Gunners on loan for the remainder of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal have agreed to pay a loan fee of €5 million (£4.2m) to sign Mari now and the deal includes the option to sign the 26-year-old permanently in the summer.Brazilian outlet Globo reports that Mari is due to travel back to London on Wednesday to finalise his transfer.The news comes after Flamengo confirmed the signing of Leo Pereira, who is a direct replacement for Mari, for around €7m (£5.9m).More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMari was signed by Manchester City in 2016 but did not make an appearance for Pep Guardiola’s side and was loaned out to Girona, Dutch side NAC Breda and Deportivo de La Coruna, who were playing in the Spanish second division.Flamengo signed Mari last summer for around £1m and he played a key role in helping the Brazilian club win Serie A and the Copa Libertadores.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Pablo Mari is set to join Arsenal (AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal have reached a new agreement with Flamengo to sign Pablo Mari, according to reports in Brazil.The Spanish defender appeared on course to secure his move over the weekend after he was spotted arriving in London with Arsenal’s technical director Edu.Mari had a medical with Arsenal but the Gunners were unable to reach an agreement with Flamengo and the defender ended up travelling back to Brazil.Flamengo were unhappy with Arsenal’s decision to change the terms of the transfer as they went from proposing a permanent deal to a loan move.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 Jan 2020 3:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link16.8kShares Advertisement Arsenal agree new £4.2m deal to sign Pablo Mari from Flamengolast_img read more

Sweden U-21s 0-1 England U-21s: Lingard strike hands Young Lions vital victory

first_img Jesse Lingard celebrates A stunning strike from Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard gave England’s Under-21s a 1-0 win over Sweden and boosted their hopes of making the knockout phase of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.It had looked like a case of being same old, same old, as the Young Lions put in a pedestrian display against opponents who were more than happy with a draw after winning their tournament opener.Gareth Southgate’s side were nowhere near their best but, with time running out, Lingard was able to collect a half-cleared corner and volley home past Patrik Calgren, who got a glove to the shot.The victory ensures England’s destiny is in their own hands going into their final group match with Italy, but there will need to be improvements to a side who lacked ideas.The game was tense throughout with the pressure created by a 1-0 loss to Portugal on Thursday telling, but there were moments of promise.A stunning through ball from Will Hughes to Nathan Redmond after 17 minutes offered a glimpse of what the Young Lions can do as the battled for supremacy in an edgy encounter, while Harry Kane struggled to find space as a swarm of Swedish stars blocked his path to goal.Tottenham star Kane then came close to scoring as he stretched to his fullest to meet a superb Carl Jenkinson cross with a diving header, but the ball flew just the wrong side of the upright.Seconds later Derby County playmaker Hughes was denied magnificently by Filip Helander’s sliding block as he shot from Alex Pritchard’s excellent pass inside the area.Spritely Spurs youngster Pritchard then dazzled again with another dribble into the box but the stoic Swedes once again had Patrik Calgren’s goal well defended.With James Ward-Prowse dropped from the team, England lacked threat from set-pieces and this was most evident when Kane’s tame, dipping free-kick from a promising position was easily claimed by Calgren.Meanwhile, Isaac Kiese Thelin saw his header saved by Jack Butland as Sweden offered a rare foray forward.After the break, Danny Ings was brought on for Hughes to offer Kane more support in the final third but Southgate’s side were hit with a blow eight minutes in to second period with Pritchard forced off through injury.His replacement, Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard struggled to get into the match as England’s slow and sloppy showing was comfortably dealt with by the Swedes, who shocked Italy in their first match of the tournament.And England’s opponents nearly grabbed a lead when Ben Gibson almost turned the ball into his own net at a corner, which Liam Moore conceded after being bullied by ex-Manchester City striker John Guidetti as he attempted to shepherd the ball out of play.No matter what Southgate’s side tried it looked like they would be frustrated but, with just five minutes remaining,  Lingard produced a moment of magic to send his volley curling in off the outside of his boot to give the Young Lions a vital victory. 1last_img read more