Arsenal are set to sign Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal in the coming days as the player was not included in tonight’s clash between Villarreal and Levante.
Paulista is neither suspended nor has an injury issue which clearly hints a move away from the La Liga side.
The 24-year-old has played all the La Liga games for Villarreal this season but will miss his first game tonight.
The reports strongly claim that the move is very close to completion, the Brazilian will be moving to London in the coming days.
The transfer fee in still not confirmed, however reports believe that it is around his buyout clause which is £15 million.
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has also hinted his move in Diamond Club Q&A that he is on his way to Emirates, the only problem is of work permit.
Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Calum Chambers are the only centre-back present in the Gunner’s squad, Paulista would be a great addition as they look to strengthen their defence.
Paulista is yet to feature for Brazil senior side, but is now hoping to get a call after his impressive displays for the Spanish side.
Columnist: Stevan Jones