A.C. Monza are the latest Serie A club to be linked with a move for Arsenal defender Pablo Mari, holding talks over the transfer.

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FLORENCE, ITALY: Pablo Mari of Udinese Calcio celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Artemio Franchi on April 27, 2022. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Aside from brief links to Fenerbahce towards the end of July, the majority of the summer interest in Arsenal’s Pablo Mari appears to have come from Serie A.

Initially, it looked like Mari could return to Udinese, following his loan spell there last season. The Italian side even reportedly made a bid, but that was as far as it went.

After that, Hellas Verona started to take over the headlines, with Udinese boss Gabriele Cioffi moving to Verona and seemingly hoping to take Mari with him.

But we’re now in August, and Mari is still an Arsenal player.

A new report from TMW claims A.C. Monza CEO Adriano Galliani is in talks to sign Mari from Arsenal, following their promotion to the Italian top tier last season.

Monza finished fourth in Serie B in 2021/22, but they achieved promotion via the play-offs with a dramatic extra-time victory over Pisa. They’re now looking to bolster their squad with the addition of a defender with some Serie A experience.

FLORENCE, ITALY - APRIL 27: Pablo Mari' of Udinese Calcio celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Artemio Franchi on April 27, 2022 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
FLORENCE, ITALY: Pablo Mari’ of Udinese Calcio celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Artemio Franchi on April 27, 2022. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Mari made 15 appearances for Udinese last season, despite joining them towards the end of the January window. He was immediately a regular for the side, and he even scored a couple of goals towards the end of the spell.

A return to Italy looks like his best option this summer, but it requires a Serie A side to reach an agreement with Arsenal. So far, that hasn’t happened.

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