Villarreal have announced they have reached agreement to sign central defender Gabriel Paulista from Vitoria de Bahia.
The 22-year-old is still to undergo a medical, reports the club’s official website, and is due to pen a five-year deal at El Madrigal on arrival from Brazil, although the date of his presentation has yet to be announced.
Paulista is known as a versatile defender who can also operate at full-back and has spent his entire career at Vitoria, with whom he achieved promotion to the top flight in 2012.
Despite his relative youth he has made more than 130 appearances with the Brazilian outfit, 73 of those in the League.
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