Done deal: Arsenal finally signs the player who has been chased by almost all big clubs in Europe: Done deal: Arsenal finally signs the player who has been chased by almost all big clubs in Europe:
Arsenal are set to announce the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes this week as the defender is already at emirates. The Lille defender signed a five-year contract with the north London giants. According to reports Gabriel has impressed Arsenal scouts with his performances for Lille.
The Gunners have already completed a deal to sign Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea this summer. But Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his squad even more ahead of the new season. Gabriel had attracted interest from several clubs including Manchester United and Napoli. But Arsenal won the race and have agreed a €30 million (£27m) deal with Lille. According to sources, Gabriel has now completed his medical with Arsenal and has put pen to paper on a five-year deal.
Done deal: Arsenal finally signs the player who has been chased by almost all big clubs in Europe
Arsenal are now planning to officially announce their new signing before the end of the week. Gabriel is expected to form a new look partnership alongside William Saliba at the heart of Arsenal’s defence.
However, after spending last season on loan at Saint-Etienne, Saliba is now training with Arsenal. Saliba delivered a solid performance in a pre-season friendly against MK Dons on Tuesday.
Surprisingly, Gabriel after impressing Arsenal scouts so much that he was on top of their recommendation list. Arsenal scouts submitted the list to the club’s hierarchy ahead of the summer transfer window.
Lille president Gerard Lopez notes that Gabriel is among the top five dominant central defenders in Europe right now. His statistics, which are not well on the record outside France show is great.
Secondly, the experience he has from French league 1 makes him to be one of the best. More so his percentage for winning duels is pretty unheard of in a league that is extremely physical.
Lastly, an absolute machine, so to me, he’s well on his way if not this year to potentially a really big club. I’m certain he is on his way to the Brazilian national team at some point, Lopez notes.
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