Manchester United and Arsenal are both in need of defensive reinforcements as that department has let them down badly this season.
Addition of a top quality central defender is a must for both clubs in this transfer window and currently they chase the signature of Villareal defender Gabriel Paulista.
As far as latest reports are concerned, Arsenal are the ones closer to securing £16m Star’s services as Wenger confirmed that talks are progressing well.
“Talks are progressing well. There is no need to say much more at this stage.”
“Talks are slowly progressing but there is a chance we can strike a deal.”
However, as per the provided link Manchester United who have been in search of quality central defender since last summer are ready to hijack the deal and bring Paulista to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils will have to step up swiftly if they are to sign the 24 year old Brazilian international.
If United can jump in with a concrete offer, it is likely that Paulista may choose Man United over Arsenal for a few reasons.
Wages, Arsenal normally tend to restrict themselves to certain pay bracket, United on the other hand pay huge wages to seal their deals if necessary.
Starting Place, Gunners already have their first choice central defense partnership in the form of Koscielny and Mertesacker. Not necessary that Paulista will sit on the bench like Vermaelen but the competition is definitely high.
At Manchester United, he will be a definite starter as Van Gaal currently lacks a top class defender in his squad and Paulista can line up with summer signing Marcos Rojo in central defense.
We shall see how the transfer saga unfolds in the coming days.
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