Manchester United eyes Arsenal target Gabriel Paulista

Manchester United are preparing a last gasp bid to sign Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista.

The uncapped Brazilian 24, has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Spain in recent months, and is reportedly on the verge of joining Arsenal.

But there has been a huge twist in the deal.

Sources in Spain claim the Gunners' Premier League rivals Manchester United are attempting to hijack Arsene Wenger's move for the defender, who moved to El Madrigal in 2013.

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is said to be a huge admirer of the former Vitoria star, and according to reports, is willing to match any offer made by the Gunners.

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