Arsenal have have moved forward of Manchester United and Everton within the race to signal Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, based on experiences.
Mikel Arteta is on the hunt for defensive additions this summer season and has already added William Saliba to his ranks because the younger centre-back has been recalled from his mortgage spell at Saint-Etienne.
Saliba, 19, has dazzled on mortgage for St. Etienne this season however Arteta is scouring the marketplace for at the least yet one more defensive addition this summer season.
Gabriel has impressed with Ligue 1 aspect Lille this season and has attracted curiosity from round Europe, with United, Everton and Napoli all linked with a transfer for the 22-year-old.
The report states that Napoli have been contemplating a bid for the defender however have cooled their following their £73million seize of Victor Osimhen from Lille.
In keeping with France Bleu Nord, Arsenal at the moment are front-runners to seal a transfer for the Brazilian centre-back and have already begun talks with Lille over a transfer.
United, in the meantime, are additionally on the hunt for a brand new defender, regardless of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitting that Chris Smalling is again in his plans following his season-long mortgage with Roma.
Gerard Lopez, the president of Lille, believes Gabriel is destined for a transfer to considered one of Europe’s prime golf equipment.
“I really feel he’s among the many prime 5 dominant central defenders in Europe proper now,” Lopez instructed L’Equipe.
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“His statistics, which aren’t effectively coated outdoors of France, exhibits that his proportion for successful duels is fairly unparalleled in a league that’s extraordinarily bodily.
“He’s an absolute machine, so to me, he’s effectively on his manner – if not this yr – to probably a extremely massive membership. I’m sure he’s on his option to the Brazilian nationwide staff sooner or later.
“He’s been linked to 2 golf equipment within the UK and he’s clearly been linked to different golf equipment which have both enquired or moved ahead with proposals for him, however we’re not in a rush and we’re not enjoying proper now.”