Valencia set for Arsenal’s Gabriel

Valencia are set to complete the signing of Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista in a deal worth a reported €11m.

Multiple reports in Spain, including in Marca and several Valencia-based outlets, claim a deal is ‘imminent’ and should be confirmed before the start of La Liga this weekend.

Los Che Coach Marcelino Garcia Toral is reportedly eager to be reunited with the central defender whom he managed during the pair’s stint at Villarreal.

The 26-year-old made only 15 league starts for The Gunners last season and faces stiff competition from Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Rob Holding.

Valencia’s twitter account posted a teaser video on Wednesday evening to seemingly confirm a new signing was close, although no hints were given as to who the signing would be.

The arrivals of Inter duo Geoffrey Kondogbia and Jeison Murillo are also said to be close.

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