Gabriel Magalhaes to Arsenal

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Arsenal transfer latest on Gabriel Magalhaes as the Gunners agree a deal for the Lille defender

Arsenal are closing in on their second big-name signing of the summer in the shape of Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

TK Sports understands that Arsenal are confident of getting a deal over the line for the Brazilian after an impressive 2019/20 campaign in Ligue 1.

The centre-back’s arrival, should the deal get over the line, will significantly bolster Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta’s defensive options. There is a but as always with Arsenal, the player is also in constructive talks with Napoli.

With that in mind, here is a round-up of everything we know so far about the defender and what the latest developments are in regards to his move to the Emirates Stadium.

Who is he?
Magalhaes is a 22-year-old centre-back who currently plays for Ligue 1 side Lille. He has spent time on loan at both Ligue 2 team Troyes and Dinamo Zagreb II.

But has broken into the first-team fold at the French side over the last two seasons.

The Brazilian is yet to earn an international cap, but was due to make his debut for the Olympic team before the coronavirus put a stop to fixtures.

What the player has said
Speaking back in February, the player was open about his desire to move to the Premier League.

At the time, Arsenal were the club said to be interested in his services, but talking to Telefoot, the player didn’t give much away on a possible move to the Emirates Stadium.

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