Valencia defender signs for Atletico Madrid as club misses out on €4m

Atletico Madrid’s New Signing: Gabriel Paulista’s Arrival

Atletico Decide on a New Signing

Atletico Madrid have confirmed their third signing of the January transfer window, with Gabriel Paulista joining from Valencia on a free. Los Rojiblancos discarded the signing of Moise Kean from Juventus on loan, some say due to a failed medical, but it cannot hurt that Angel Correa’s move to Saudi Arabia has been called off. Part of that money will go towards reinforcing Diego Simeone’s three-man defence.

Gabriel’s Decision and Valencia’s Reaction

After an injury to Cesar Azpilicueta and the loan departure of Caglar Soyuncu has led Atletico  to move for the Brazilian. Valencia were all set to accept a €3.8m offer from Besiktas, but the interest from Atletico changed Gabriel’s mind at the last minute, as per Relevo. Now Los Che will merely save the rest of the €1.2m salary he was due this season, which Atletico will pay.

Future of the Contract

There is no optional year included in Gabriel Paulista’s contract with Atlético Madrid. However, it’s clear that the parties will sit down to discuss it and see if they will continue together.

Gabriel’s Impact at Valencia

Valencia did not want to face paying a new deal for the 33-year-old this summer, who was out of contract. His exit has caused no shortage of sadness at Mestalla, including in the dressing room. Spending six-and-a-half years on the East Coast, playing 220 times, Gabriel was one of their leaders and father figure to the young Valencia squad, often proving the most vocal in training and games.

Ahmed Asmar

Hello, I'm Ahmed Al-Asmar, a sports writer specializing in sports news. Over the years, I have dedicated myself to studying and following various sports, gaining valuable expertise in analyzing and presenting sporting events to readers in a clear and engaging manner.
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