The Arsenal defender would be a useful addition to the Newcastle United squad.

Magpies boss Rafa Benitez will surely be looking to bolster his defensive options over the course of this month, in an effort to improve upon the solidarity of his back-line.

With a long and physically punishing campaign ahead for Newcastle, the addition of another centre-back must be a priority for the Spaniard, and with this in mind, he should consider a move for Gunners defender Gabriel Paulista, who is available for around £10 million this summer, according to the Sun.

Gabriel in action for Arsenal 

The 26-year-old joined Arsenal from Villarreal in January 2015, for a fee believed to be in the region of £13.5 million, but has failed to impress during his time at the Emirates.

It could be argued, however, that his lack of regular first-team action has had a detrimental effect on his ability to perform at the very highest level, and a switch to St James’ Park, along with consistent game-time under the stewardship of Benitez could breathe fire back into his flagging career.

Gabriel is a tenacious defender, who always gives 100 per cent no matter what. He is wonderfully versatile, and can operate in both the centre-back and right-back positions with distinction.

The Brazilian has plenty of pace, is strong in the air and leads from the back – all attributes which would surely help improve the Toon’s defensive displays.

One concern regarding the Arsenal man, however, is his quintessential South American temperament – something that has cost him on more than one occasion. He is also prone to be reckless at times, and that is something he must improve upon.

For just £10 million though, signing Gabriel would be a risk worth taking for Newcastle.

Alexis Sanchez celebrates with Gabriel 

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