Arsene Wenger hopes of signing the player hang on the La Liga outfit Villareal accepting £6 million with add-ons to take the fee potentially to beyond £10m.
Villareal want 20 million euros but should the clubs come to an agreement the Gunners need to clinch a work permit on “exceptional talent” grounds as Paulista has not yet represented Brazil.
However, ClaretandHugh has learned Paulista was at the emirates today and that the Gunners remain confident gthey can make the deal happen.
The north Londoners are negotiating hard for the player to the exclusion of Reid who currently looks out in the cold as far as potential interest is concerned.
And even were Wenger to fail in his Paulista swoop it now seems unlikely that he would come in for Reid – who would become very much a second or third option.
But with no hint of that happening it appears that Reid’s hopes of a move to one of the “big” clubs is fading by the day