Atlético Madrid are reportedly keen to sign Gabriel Paulista from Valencia as the Brazilian defender looks set to leave the Spanish club at the end of the season.
According to AS, the two clubs have held talks to discuss a potential deal, with Atleti looking to add to their defensive options.
Paulista, 30, is a versatile defender who can play at centre-back or right-back. He has been a key player for Valencia in recent seasons, helping the club to finish fifth in La Liga last season.
The Brazilian is a strong and physical defender who is also good in the air. He is also a good passer of the ball and can contribute to the attack.
Atleti are also interested in signing Trevoh Chalobah from Chelsea, but the English defender is considered to be too expensive.
If Atleti are able to agree a deal for Paulista, he would be a significant addition to their squad. He would provide competition for José Giménez and Felipe at centre-back, and he could also play at right-back.
Paulista would be a good fit for Atleti’s style of play. He is a hard-working defender who is also good on the ball. He would help to shore up Atleti’s defense and provide more options for Diego Simeone’s team.