Reports from Brazil on Friday evening UK time state Arsenal have started negotiations to sign Pablo Mari.

The Gunners have been increasingly linked with players in Brazil since Edu took up a formal role at the club.

That’s led to numerous rumours linking Arsenal with players from the country, and it’s felt like there’s been some truth to a good number of them.

Not only will agents be trying to sell players to Arsenal thanks to their Brazilian technical director, but he also has great connections in the country given his playing career and role with the national team.

Globo Esporte say Arsenal have made a proposal to sign Pablo Mari from Flamengo. The Premier League club are in negotiations to sign the defender, and Globo feel there’s a ‘good chance’ of a deal being done.

What may be an issue is the lack time left in transfer window, with English clubs only having a week left to complete deals.

Pablo Mari had been on Manchester City’s books before signing for Flamengo.