According to a report in The Telegraph, the Home Office have signed off on a work permit for Gabriel Paulista ahead of the Brazilian’s £11.3 million move to Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger hinted yesterday that he did not envisage a problem securing the necessary paperwork despite the fact he’s never represented Brazil.
The Gunners are understood to have pleaded Gabriel’s case citing both the player’s quality and the fact he’d adhere to new criteria set to be brought in next summer (granting all players signed for more than £10 million a work permit) as reasons for an immediate pass.
The positive decision means the 24-year-old could be available in time for Aston Villa’s visit to the Emirates on Sunday.
Arsenal are expected to announce a deal with Villarreal this evening.