Arsenal have targeted another defender for the winter transfer window as reports revealed that Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista is now on Arsenal’s radar.
Gabriel Paulista has also been a target of Spanish giants Barcelona.
The 24-year-old has been impressive for the La Liga side since his move from Brazilian side Vitória in 2013. This season, he has helped Villarreal in their unbeaten run of 13 games.
The Brazilian was not a regular last season bus now has secured a spot in the starting eleven. He has started 17 of 18 La Liga games, also six in Europa League so far this season.
With Arsenal and Barcelona interested in his move, he is likely to leave Villarreal, however according to reports, the interest in not strong from both the outfits and could result in a failure but the Brazilian centre-half has already admitted that he would love to join either of Arsenal or Barcelona as both are top European sides.
He added: “I spoke last year to my agent, long before the news come out, and told him I had a dream to one day work in England. Hopefully this is the opportunity.”
He also revealed his desire to play in the Premier League and the Gunners could be his right next stop.
Columnist: Dany Fendi