Arsene Wenger Confirms Talks ‘Progressing Well’ Over £15m Signing

By on January 22, 2015

Arsene Wenger has confirmed talks over a £15m deal to sign Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista are progressing well.

Arsenal have been strongly linked with the 24-year-old this month and reports yesterday suggested that a deal was close after we apparently agreed to pay the centre-backs €20m (£15m) buy-out clause.

It appears those reports were accurate as Arsene has now revealing that talks are progressing well, with the boss also confirming the price is £15m and says he’s prepared to pay it for a ‘good player’.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference this morning ahead of Sunday FA Cup clash with Brighton, Arsene told reporters:

“Talks are progressing quite well. It is £15m. We are ready to pay the right price for a good player.”

It’s very unusual for the boss to be so open about transfers and he normally only speaks like this when he’s 99% confident a deal will be done.

So based on that, we can only assume a deal is close for us to sign Gabriel.

Reports suggest that the stumbling block is gaining a work permit as he’s not capped by Brazil but the club are understood to be confident of pleading their case at an appeal hearing if the application is rejected.


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