According to Daily Star, Villareal will face Levante in a La Liga clash this Saturday night with Brazilian defender, Gabriel Paulista, not included in the Match Day squad, thereby fueling speculation that he is inching ever closer to a move to the Emirates.
Gabriel, 24, has been in talks with the Gunners in recent weeks and a deal is believed to be a work permit away from being perfectly concluded and announced. The uncapped Brazilian had started everyone of the Yellow Submarines League games this season but exemption from this one, without any outstanding injury or disciplinary concerns, gives the suggestion that he is infact not a Villareal player any longer.
Villareal boss, Marcellino Garcia Toral, had always maintained his need of Gabriel and unwillingness to let him go but apparently, the player had long been desirous of this move and he has probably given into the possibility that the player’s focus will be short of maximum when lining up against Levante. With Argentine defensive partner, Mateo Mussachio, only Barcelona and Madrid have conceded fewer goals than Villareal this season but if his heart is already set on an Arsenal move, it will be pointless to expect him to play with same full concentration.
Wenger remains hopeful that a deal will be concluded anytime soon, insisting that the price will not pose a major hindrance as he is prepared to pay the right price for the right quality.
Also according to Daily Star, Paulista has a reported £15 million buy-out clause which, as estimated by some, may appear a high fee to pay for who has gained his acclaim at the El Madrigal after just 50 appearances since singing in 2013. Wenger, however, is not bothered about the fee as long as it is commensurate with his ability to fulfill the require role at the Emirates.
“We are ready to pay the price we think is right for a good player, no matter what the price is. If we think it’s the right price we will pay.” Wenger said.
Indeed Arsenal has shown the handbrakes have been dropped when it comes to paying the required fees for players. Hefty fees were paid for super stars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, while the likes of Mattieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers saw the club cough up close to £30 million last summer. There seemed to be a dragged haggle for the meager £2 million for Bielik but that was only because you has to always ensure he gets value for money, no matter how willing you are to spend.
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