Valencia boss confirms interest in Gabriel


Valencia boss Marcelino has confirmed he’s keeping tabs on three potential defensive recruits, including Arsenal’s Gabriel.

The new boss at the Mestalla managed the Gunners Brazilian centre-back for two seasons at Villarreal and has identified him, alongside Inter Milan’s Colombian international Jeison Murillo and Porto’s Ivan Marcano, as a target for the current transfer window.

“I think they’re possible,” Marcelino is quoted as saying by Tuttomercatoweb.

“We’re talking about important players who already know our League. They speak Spanish, and that’s important, so their adaptation would be very quick.”

Arsenal need to trim their squad ahead of the new campaign and could be tempted to cash in on a player who, while able back-up, has struggled to nail down a regular starting berth at the Emirates. No doubt, we’re still paying off some of the fee paid to Valencia last summer for Shkodran Mustafi, a player ahead of Gabriel in the pecking order.

Gabriel is currently sidelined with a knee injury sustained on the final day of the Premier League season and will miss today’s Community Sheild. He’s on the mend though and should be fully fit in the next three weeks.


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