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Valencia are interested in signing Arsenal centre back Gabriel Paulista, according to a report in the Daily Cannon.
The Spanish giants are apparently looking to strengthen their defense this summer and have identified either Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma or Arsenal’s Gabriel as their top target.
However, Zouma is expected to join Stoke City in the next 48 hours, which means Valencia will now have to go all out for Gabriel.
The Brazilian joined Arsenal in January 2015 from Villareal but hasn’t been able to become a first team regular at Arsenal. He has struggled with form and anytime he looked like putting up a string of good performances that will enable him force his way into the first team, he suffers an injury.
Gabriel is behind Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny in Wenger’s pecking order but he could get the chance to play more next season if the manager sticks with a three at the back formation.
Arsenal are unlikely to make a decision on Gabriel’s future anytime soon as he is still out injured. Wenger doesn’t look like selling any of his centre backs at the moment but you never can tell, anything is possible in the transfer window.
We’ll have to wait until something concrete comes up before we’ll know if Wenger is open to selling or not.
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