Wenger ready to spend as he admits Gabriel talks ‘progressing’

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Arsene Wenger says the club are ready to spend what’s necessary to bring in the right player this January, and admitted that talks with Villarreal over the capture of Gabriel Paulista are progressing.

The Gunners have been linked with the Brazilian defender for the last few days, and speaking to the press this morning, the Arsenal manager said, “We are ready to pay the price for a player if he is good enough. If the price is right, we will pay.”

And on Arsenal’s attempts to do a deal with the Spanish club, he said, “The talks are progressing quite well. Can we find an agreement or not? There’s a chance.”

For a man so normally closed about potential deals, to be this open about our interest in Gabriel really does suggest that something is close to happening.

We’d be pretty sure that we can do what’s necessary to tempt Villarreal to sell, the bigger issue is the work permit but Wenger seemed confident that the club could sort that out if the signing was completed.

Fingers crossed.

Hat-tip to @Catsarse for the pic idea

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