Atletico Madrid Secure Signing of Brazilian Defender Gabriel Paulista from Valencia

Atletico Madrid strengthens its defense with the signing of Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista from Valencia on a free transfer.

Atletico Madrid has bolstered its defensive line with the signing of Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista from Valencia. The 33-year-old, formerly of Arsenal and Villarreal, joins Atletico on a free transfer and has agreed to an initial contract until the end of the season.

Gabriel Paulista’s acquisition comes as a response to address the absence of key defenders in Atletico’s squad. Caglar Soyuncu, who recently joined Fenerbahce on loan, and the injured Jose Gimenez have left the team in need of defensive reinforcement.

The Brazilian defender, known for his experience and defensive capabilities, could make his debut for Atletico Madrid in the upcoming clash against Real Madrid this weekend. His last appearance for Valencia was in a 2-0 defeat against Atletico on Sunday night.

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Gabriel Paulista’s eligibility for the UEFA Champions League provides Atletico with additional depth and defensive stability. However, he won’t be available for the Copa del Rey semifinal against Athletic Bilbao, as he has already represented Valencia in the same competition.

In other transfer moves in the Spanish football scene, Rayo Vallecano has secured a loan deal with Portuguese midfielder Miguel Crespo from Fenerbahce. The loan is set to last until the end of the current season, with an option to make the move permanent for approximately four million euros.

Celta Vigo is reportedly close to finalizing a deal for Argentinian left-back Tadeo Allende from Godoy Cruz. The move is expected to strengthen Celta Vigo’s defensive options.

Meanwhile, player movements include midfielder Arnau Puigmal leaving bottom-placed Almeria to join second-division side Elche. Additionally, Brazilian winger Luiz Henrique is on the verge of departing Real Betis to return to Brazil, where he is set to join Botafogo, potentially marking a record signing for the Brazilian league.

-IANS

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