Manchester United have a plan ready to hijack Arsenal’s move for the Villarreal defender Paulista.

String of impressive displays from Paulista for Villarreal this season has caught the attention of Premier League clubs and Arsenal are the favorites for the signature of this talented youngster.

Arsenal are confident of signing £16m rated Paulista in winter transfer window but it seems that Manchester United have a plan ready to ruin the party of Gunners.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is desperately looking for a quality defender in the market. The Red Devils are keeping a close eye on Mats Hummels, Ron Vlaar and Raphael Varane. But none of their targets are available in January.

The unavailability of their primary targets have forced Manchester United to look elsewhere and Villarreal starlet Paulista has now caught the attention of Louis van Gaal.

Paulista to Arsenal is not a done deal yet. Manchester United authorities believe that they have a chance to make a last ditch attempt and steal him from Arsenal.

Reports coming from England and Spain have also confirmed the plans of Manchester United to hijack Arsenal’s bid for Paulista.

The Daily Star has claimed today that the uncapped Brazilian 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. Gunners’ Premier League rivals Manchester United are attempting to hijack Arsene Wenger’s move for the defender, who moved to El Madrigal in 2013.

Paulista, 24, has become an essential component of Villarreal squad which is challenging for the Champions League spot for next year. Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger is closely monitoring the progress of Paulista since long and he has already hinted that the deal is on the verge of being completed.

He said: “Talks are slowly progressing but there is a chance we can strike a deal.

“We want the player and don’t necessarily want to do it in the summer – we have to try and sort it out now.

“We are ready to pay the price for a player if he is good enough. If the price is right, we will pay.”

However, in spite of Arsenal manager’s comments about Paulista, Manchester United authorities are working on a deal to persuade Villarreal to sale the player to them, not Gunners.