The Brazilian media now has official numbers of Pablo Mari’s transfer to Arsenal, which was made official in the summer of 2020.

With Flamengo sending their financial report for the board’s approval, journalist Venê Casagrande had access to it and published a video only about the defender’s move.

Pablo Mari joined the Gunners in January 2020 on a loan deal, and had the move made permanent in June that year, following a series of objectives reached.

Casagrande claims that was just a plan from Arsenal to ‘dribble’ Financial Fair Play, as it had always been the club’s intention to keep the defender. He says the move was a ‘sale disguised as a loan’.

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It’s claimed Arsenal paid €8m for the permanent move, and that had already been reported by the Brazilian media at the time of the transfer.

However, the reports then claimed the Gunners were spending €8m on the loan and would pay ab extra €8m for his purchase. Casagrande now says Flamengo had €8m ‘in total’, so either the London side got the defender for only half of the €16m previously reported, or the money went elsewhere.