Arsenal will try to complete a deal for Villareal’s Gabriel Paulista within the period of this transfer window, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
Le Prof had made it clear that it would be a gamble not to try to sign a defender this winter especially with the injury to Mathiue Debuchy limiting the number of emergency options he could deploy into center half.
There have been some difficulty in identifying available players as the best tend to be held tightly by their clubs but the 24-year old Brazilian is seen as an emerging Great Wall and with him being open to move to the Emirates, an agreement seems reachable to sign him.
“We are talking at the moment. Can we find an agreement or not? I don’t know. We are slowly progressing but there’s a chance,” Wenger said.
Paulista has a reported £15m buy-out clause which, as estimated by some, may appear a high fee to pay for someone 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 quality.
“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.”
Indeed Arsenal has shown that 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 £30m last summer. There seemed to be a dragged haggle for the meager £2m for Bielik but that was only because you have to always ensure he gets value for money, no matter how willing you are to spend.
It then means that Gooners can look forward to having that extra defender so longed for all through the summer. It was deemed a massive mismanagement to let Vermaelen, Sagna, Jenkinson and Ignasi Miquel – virtually a back four – go without making adequate replacements as only Debuchy and Calum Chambers were brought in, while Hector Bellerin was promoted. Chambers has not been used at center-half and so it’s just been Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny all season-long.
Moreso, it creates more belief amongst fans that Wenger will now spend the money when required. The club is in a comfortable financial state and can manage to compete in the transfer market without being overly out-muscled by her competitors in the League.
Players like Hazard and Yaya Toure would probably have been Gooners today had the club being in its present situation five years ago but the strides made so far show it won’t be too far before such players start arriving.
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