17 August 2020 12:39
Arsenal's transfer kitty was swelled thanks to the FA Cup final success over Chelsea which secured a spot in next season's Europa League. The Gunners are looking to sign a left-footed central defender to strengthen their options at the back as conceding goals continues to be the team's Achilles heel. Reports in France claim Arsenal are looking to sign Lille ace Gabriel Magalhaes, who is also attracting interest from Napoli and Everton. According to Le 10 Sport, Emirates Stadium officials have had a £27m offer accepted, although Napoli have matched the bid. Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes is expected to decide his future this week, amid interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Napoli.
The 22-year-old shone in Ligue 1 last season and Lille are now resigned to the fact they will lose him this summer. Arsenal, Manchester United and Napoli are all keen on Gabriel and Lille president Gerard Lopez expects his future to be sorted this week. "He is a super guy and a great football player and he wants to play, there has been a lot of interest but we have clearly decided to close the door to further clubs at this stage and let him choose." Arsenal look set to have a busy summer transfer window, as Mikel Arteta eyes reinforcements to his squad ahead of his first full season in charge. football.londonunderstands Arsenal are pushing for an agreement over the signature of Gabriel as they look to add quality to their back four. Magalhaes is a 22-year-old centre-back who currently plays for Ligue 1 side Lille.
Arsenal are preparing to submit an official offer for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, according to reports. The 22-year-old has been linked with several other clubs, including Chelsea and Everton, and Arsenal could move soon in the hope of avoiding a bidding war. According to France bleu, Arsenal have taken pole position to land the defender from this summer, getting an advantage from Serie A side Napoli. Lille replaced the Brazilian with Sven Botman, who signed for the club on Friday for €8million. Arsenal have started talks with Lille over a move for the defender, according to reports overnight.
The defender was also left out of Lille's entire squad for their pre-season friendly at the weekend, leading to speculation that a move to the Emirates Stadium could be close to being completed. "Gabriel is young, extremely powerful, currently right now probably one of the two most dominant central defenders in the French league," Lille president Gerard Lopez told BBC Sport. Gunners transfer target Gabriel is set to miss Lille's friendly with Brest on Sunday afternoon amid speculation about his future. That is according to Get French Football News, who claim that, barring a late u-turn in decision making, he will not play any part in the contest. It is claimed that he is edging closer towards an exit from the French club, but no details on who could be signing him have yet been revealed. The Gunners are close to completing the signing of Gabriel, according to a report by The Telegraph. Whilst The Telegraph report that a deal is edging closer, Mohamed Bouhafsi - a reporter for RMC Sport - claims that Gabriel will make a decision by Wednesday. football.londonunderstands Arsenal are pushing for an agreement over the signature of Gabriel Magalhaes as they look to secure another transfer triumph over Napoli. His current club Lille are resigned to losing Gabriel but are also standing by for an indication as to where the 22-year-old wants to play next season. Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes is reportedly close to joining Arsenal in a deal worth around £27m. Arsenal reportedly have an agreement in place with Lille for in-demand central defender Gabriel Magalhaes. A number of clubs have showed an interest in the Brazilian defender, with Napoli rumoured to have been on the brink of signing him as a direct replacement for Kalidou Koulibaly. Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Everton are also believed to be weighing up bids, but The Telegraph claims that Arsenal are now closing in on the signing of Gabriel in a deal worth around £27m.