Man United set to trigger £15m release clause to sign Arsenal target

Manchester United are making it difficult for Arsenal to sign Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal after joining the race for his services as they prepare to meet his £15million buy-out clause, Express reports.

The 24-year-old is already the subject of an earlier bid from Arsene Wenger, involving a loan move for Joel Campbell along with a £5million fee attached to the deal.

However, with interest heating up, the La Liga side is now considering a full money offer from either clubs if they are to begin negotiations over the potential switch.

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Both teams have made a defensive signing a priority during the January window and could be prepared to meet his acceptable fee in light of Paulista’s revelation to play in England.

He said: “The subject is being discussed by my agent and the club.

“If I go to Arsenal it will be excellent. But if it’s not finalised then I am relaxed. I am focused on my work here.

“My agent is working on making sure I continue being calm.

“Playing in the Premier League is one of my dreams. I have spoken to my agent about this.”

Louis van Gaal along with Wenger are also tracking the likes of Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi, but with the club demanding a huge fee to move the deal forward, they may instead consider the more cost-effective option with the Villarreal star.

 


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