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Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista is about to say his goodbyes at the Emirates to move to La Liga side Valencia.
The Brazilian joined the Gunners from Villarreal in 2015 in a £15 deal and had been identified by Arsenal scouts on the basis of his encouraging stats for blocks, interceptions and tackles.
However, Gabriel has failed to land a regular a first-team place in north London and his departure will be seen as a blow to Arsenal’s recruitment policy and their move towards ‘stat-based’ purchases.
Arsene Wenger has spoken of the need to revamp his squad this summer and the Mirror claim Gabriel is on his way to Valencia for £10million.
The Gunners have rejected bids from Crystal Palace for Calum Chambers this summer and Gabriel’s departure could mean the England U21 defender is set to stay with the Gunners.
However, with a 33-man squad, Wenger will want to offload more squad players and the likes of Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere could face the exit door soon.