The Gunners are set for another transfer window of immense change, with Mari, the first player Mikel Arteta ever signed for Arsenal, set to be one of the many names to leave Arsenal in the coming weeks, along with the likes of Hector Bellerin, Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira.
Whilst Mari’s performances with Arsenal were mixed, the defender joined Udinese on loan in January and quickly became a key member for the Serie A side, with Hellas now eyeing a move to sign the Spaniard, along with other clubs like Lazio and AC Milan, according to reports.
Indeed, Mari has quickly become a wanted player, and with Arsenal reportedly valuing the defender at €15m (£13m), the Gunners could make a decent sum of money from the centre-back. Yet the question remains, who should be signing the former Flamengo star?
As mentioned, AC Milan are one of the few Serie A sides chasing Mari this summer, with the Rossoneri eager to improve on their defence following on from their first Scudetto in over a decade, something that is a big selling factor for the Italian giants.
With Mari outstanding for Udinese last season and Milan seemingly keen on bringing the Spaniard on board, the Arsenal defender could be very open to joining the San Siro giants this summer, especially with the club more than able to meet the Gunners’ financial demands for the centre-back.
Italy might seem like the ideal destination for Mari, but a little bit closer to home could be more suited to the defender, and Fulham seem like an ideal Premier League side for the 28-year-old given their need for quality in the back if they’re to stay up next season.
Despite a record-breaking Championship season, Fulham are many people’s favourite to go straight back down, though if Marco Silva is to sign Mari, the Arsenal defender could be an invaluable member of the defence and a major improvement on the current options the west London side have.
Another Premier League side that could do with Mari’s qualities is Leeds United, with the Yorkshire giants having one of the worst defensive records in the top-flight last season as Jesse Marsch’s side only just survived relegation.
The central defence needs a huge upgrade this summer in terms of both depth and quality, and Mari can provide both for Leeds in a potential move that could make the centre-back the Whites’ saviour for next season, not to mention that a deal could help Arsenal land Raphinha.
William Saliba has already stated his intention to return to Arsenal next season, leaving Olympique Marseille with a huge void in their defence to fill this summer with very little funds to do so, which is why Mari could be an ideal option for the French giants.
Indeed, it isn’t too unrealistic to suggest that the Spaniard would impress in Ligue 1, and given that Marseille had two Arsenal loanees as their best players last season, Mari could make it a hat-trick of perfect moves for the French giants if they’re to sign the defender to replace Saliba.
Mari’s interest this summer sparked from the defender’s performances with Udinese, and it makes complete sense why the Serie A side are also keen on bringing the former Manchester City talent back on a permanent deal.
Udinese have always been a side that have managed to get good value-for-money transfers, and Mari could be the latest one for the Italian side if they can agree to a deal with Arsenal that suits both parties, with the defender keen to return to the club.