Local media report that Arsenal’s deal to sign centre-back is near completion.
Arsenal’s move for Gabriel Paulista looks to be near completion with local Spanish media reporting that the Gunners are ready to up their offer to Villarreal’s £15m asking price.
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It was said Arsene Wenger’s side were looking to land a £6m deal with an additional £4m in add-ons but El Periodico Meditteraneo say the North London club are willing to up their stake to land their principle defensive target.
In a surprise move the report also claims that Joel Campbell will be part of the transfer deal and will join the Yellow Submarine on-loan for the remainder of the season.
And this could be a risky move from Arsenal after also allowing both Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo to leave temporarily earlier in the window.
However, in terms of Paulista, the Spanish news source says whilst the defender is a big loss to the La Liga side, the transfer fee does boost the club’s cash reserves.
Confirming that a deal is imminent, El Periodico go on to say that Villarreal are now on the hunt for a defensive replacement for Gabriel before the window closes in just over a week.