Pablo Mari has arrived London for a medical with Premier League giants Arsenal, reports claim.
The Gunners Technical Director Edu was seen at Galeao Airport in Rio de Janeiro with the Flamengo center-back in a tweet shared on social media.
And ESPN claims the 26-year-old is understood to be on the verge of completing a deal to the Emirates.
Calum Chambers has been ruled out for the rest of the season while Shkodran Mustafi has continued to struggle in the center-half position.
Sokratis also missed Premier League ties with Sheffield United and Chelsea but Rob Holding still has two months to recover fully from a knee problem.
And it seems Mikel Arteta is ready to accept Mari who is a familiar face during his spell with Man City.
Mari has been on the cards of City for the past three years but failed to break through into Pep Guardiola’s stranger line up
He had loan spells with Spanish clubs Girona and Deportivo La Caruna, as well as Eredivisie side NAC Breda before joining Flamengo last summer.
Mari made an instant impact in Brazil as he helped his side win the Brasilian Serie A and the Copa Libertadores by the end of 2019.
The Spanish defender also showed his commanding presence in the Club World Cup final loss to Liverpool in December.
With Mari’s addition into Arsenal’s defensive line up fans will be delighted after their side have conceded 34 goals in 24 league matches.
Arteta has hinted that the club will only be signing a defender before the window closes on 31, January.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Bournemouth in the FA Cup on Monday, Arteta said:
“We’ve been looking at different positions.
“Since I joined we lost Calum and we had other circumstances and injuries in those positions so it’s true at the back we are short.
“But other positions as well depending what happens in the market that we might need to assess. At the moment I am 50-50.”