Report: Arsenal make proposal for Gabriel Paulista; club may take less than €20m

Fresh reports regarding Arsenal and a potential defensive reinforcement have been published in Spain.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Arsenal have made a firm proposal for Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista.

The 24-year-old Brazilian would be a worthy addition to the Gunners’ back-line as manager Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen an area of the pitch that has suffered from injuries and suspensions this season.

And while Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Calum Chambers are all fit and available once more, Arsenal would be wise to strengthen while they can as the head into the business-end of the campaign.

The latest report from Marca claims Villarreal have begun to feel it will be difficult to keep Paulista and are said to be seeking out potential replacements, while it goes on to claim the Spanish side intends to get all it can for the player from any negotiations that take place.

The alleged Arsenal target has a €20million release-clause but Marca claim Villarreal could ultimately allow him to go for less once they have considered the value of potential alternatives.

The news is good for those Arsenal fans hoping their club follows up the recent signing of Krystian Bielik with a quality defensive reinforcement.

But with time running out in the January window, it could go down to the wire.

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