Arsenal interested in Nahuel Molina transfer and 'willing to offer Udinese Pablo Mari as part of player-swap deal'

ARSENAL are reportedly set to explore the possibility of including Pablo Mari in a player-swap deal for Udinese right-back Nahuel Molina.

The Gunners centre-back is currently on loan at the Serie A outfit after linking up with the Italian side during the winter transfer window.

He has become a key player under caretaker boss Gabriele Cioffi, with the defender featuring in 11 top-flight matches.

Mari urged Mikel Arteta earlier this month to let him stay at Udinese having rediscovered his love for the game after being deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates.

And Udinese's sporting director sporting director Pierpaolo Marino recently stated how the club will look to turn Mari's temporary stay into a permanent switch.

He said: "Mari is an Arsenal player, it is already unusual for such a player to come to Udinese.

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"Not because we don’t deserve it, but because, in general, the path is the opposite. It will be difficult to keep him, but we will try.”

But they could manage to secure Mari's services for nothing with Arsenal claimed to be readying an offer to sign Molina.

The 24-year-old has put in a number of dazzling displays for Udinese since arriving on a free transfer in September 2020.

Molina, who helped Argentina win the Copa America last year, has chipped in with an impressive seven goals and four assists in 32 matches in all competitions this campaign.

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According to Il Messaggero Veneto, Arteta is seeking cover for Takehiro Tomiyasu in a sign that Cedric Soares could be moved on.

They state that Juventus and Atletico Madrid are keen on prising Molina away from Udinese in the summer.

But Arsenal could have the upper hand in negotiations as the club want to sign Mari.

The Gunners may now use the Spaniard in a package deal for Molina, who is rated at around £25million.

It remains to be seen how much cash Arsenal would be prepared to splash on Molina as well as offering Mari.

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