A number of sources are reporting that we are close to sealing a deal for Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista, with a €20m fee agreed with the La Liga club.
He has recently spoken out about his desires to join Arsenal and play in the Premier League, and Arsene Wenger looks ready to meet the Spanish side’s valuation of the player.
Jose Ramon De La Morena (El Larguero – CADENA SER) has just confirmed that tomorrow Gabriel Paulista is going to Arsenal for €20m (Reliable)
— Spanish Gooner (@ElSpanishGooner) January 21, 2015
Spanish radio show, El Larguero, of Cadena SER – Arsenal will sign Gabriel Paulista on Wednesday for €20 million. — The Highbury Clock (@HighburyClock) January 21, 2015
Arsenal have agreed to pay Gabriel Paulista’s €20million release clause. Gunners set to complete deal on Wednesday pic.twitter.com/hx5ZghXPPz
— Fresh Arsenal (@Fresh_Arsenal) January 21, 2015
Breaking transfer news tonight – Gabriel Paulista is going to Arsenal €20m fee agreed. — Agent Edward (@Agent_Edward) January 21, 2015
Number of people now confirming Gabriel Paulista will be joining Arsenal for €20m shortly. #AFC
— Transfer News (@FootieWriter) January 21, 2015
The 24-year-old has looked fantastic since joining the club in 2013, and appears to have all the attributes required to succeed in the top flight of English football.
Any potential deal will allegedly be dependent on Paulista securing a work permit, with young South American players without international experience often finding it problematic. Things are looking positive however, and we could soon be welcoming the defensive signing we need so badly to the Emirates.
Joel Campbell could still prove to be part of the deal, with Villarreal keen on taking the Costa Rican on loan. With Wenger already seeing his attacking options whittled down this January however, he would prefer to pay the full fee for the Brazilian.