Arsenal keep a close eye on 6 ft 3 in Ligue 1 defensive rock
Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes has opened the door to a move to the PL this summer, amid interest from the likes of Gunners and Toffees. U23 Brazil international was having an excellent campaign in Ligue 1 before the season was cancelled over the covid-19 crisis.
The likes of Gunners, Toffees and Napoli in Serie A have all been linked with a move for Magalhaes, who is valued at nearly £30m. Arsenal manager is believed to be on the lookout for a top defender with the London giants once again having severe problems in the back-line after consecutive losses in the PL.
And while Gabriel admitted that his future is yet to be decided, he is keen on a move to Premier League or Serie A. ‘It is gratifying because there are a lot of teams talking about me,’ the 22-year-old centre-back said. Gennaro Gattuso likes me a lot? I don’t know, we haven’t talked.’
‘On the internet, on social networks, there are a lot of things coming out. I do not know what is true. I see every day, ‘Ah Gabriel goes there, then there’. But in fact, we don’t know yet where I’m going to go. Wherever I go it will be to play, to be at the top, at the highest level.’
‘And above all in a team that will allow me to go to the Selecao.’ The Gunners signed Pablo Mari from Flamengo and Cedric Soares from Southampton during the winter transfer window. Arsenal heavily linked with RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano.