Gabriel Magalhaes has chosen to sign for Arsenal this summer, according to French media outlet La Voix Du Nord.
The Gunners have been linked with the Brazilian centre back for the last few months but the North London club are believed to have intensified their interest in the player after sealing qualification for next season’s Europa League.
Apart from Arsenal, Napoli, Everton and Manchester United have also shown an interest in the 22 year old. The Italian club were believed to have been the frontrunners for his signature but it appears they have been leapfrogged by the Gunners.
Everton are reported to be out of the race for the Brazilian but Manchester United, who will play in next season’s Champions League, remain in the hunt for Gabriel.
The Lille centre back is understood to have spoken with Arsenal representatives and was attracted to the project in North London. Arsenal are expected to pay £27 million for his services.
He signed for Lille in February 2017 from Brazilian side FC Avai. The young defender spent time on loan at French side Troyes AC and Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb in 2018. He has made 52 appearances for Lille. This season, he made 34 appearances for the French club across all competitions.
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