Earlier this month Valencia boss Marcelino confirmed that Gabriel was on his shopping list as the Spanish side looked to bolster their defence ahead of a new season.
The pair worked together previously at Villarreal before the Brazilian joined Arsenal in January 2015.
Now, according to the Mirror, the centre-half is on the brink of a move back to Spain in a deal worth around £10m.
It’s well known that the Gunners need to streamline their squad, but the 26 year old seemed to be quite far down the departure list behind players like Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy – linked today with a move to Marseille – Carl Jenkinson and Lucas Perez.
It’s an interesting one if it goes through as with a three at the back system real depth is required at centre-half. Calum Chambers has also been tipped to move away, leaving Arsene Wenger with just Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding as recognised central defenders – although Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac are capable of filling in when required.
It’s a move that probably makes sense for the player too, as he has found himself down the pecking order and would likely play more regularly in Valencia.
Let’s see how it goes.