Arsenal have completed the signing of Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal.
The 24 year old Brazilian joins on a long-term contract for a fee believed be in the region of £11.5m + add-ons/incentives.
Gabriel made 45 appearances for the Spanish side since joining from Vitória in 2013 and his performances at the heart of their defence this season caught the eye of Arsenal’s scouts and Arsene Wenger as the club sought defensive cover.
Speaking to the official site the player said, “I came from a club that is not that big in Brazilian football. I went to Spanish football and that was another dream come true, to play in Europe. A while ago I had a really huge desire to play in the Premier League, so since that point I put it in my head that I really wanted to do it.
“I had a talk with my family and I told them that it was my dream to play in the Premier League. Getting here to such a big club is so gratifying.
“I am arriving at a big club and the fans can expect to find a Gabriel with a great will to help everyone. Not just thinking of me as an individual, because to me that is not important.
“I care more about helping the team and my team-mates. I want to help everyone, so the fans can expect a Gabriel that on the field has a lot of will to be able to help the team win important things.”
The club have confirmed that he’s received a work permit, so it’s just the final bits and pieces of registration etc that have to be completed now.
Welcome aboard, Gabriel.