Arsenal have won the race to sign Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille OSC, according to The Guardian.
Having arrived to Lille from Brazilian club Avai in 2017, the 22-year-old defender spent some time on loan with Troyes and Dinamo Zagreb, but his fine performances for Lille in the cut-short 2019/20 season attracted the attention of a number of clubs across Europe. Everton, Napoli and Arsenal all showed very serious interest, while Manchester United and Manchester City monitored the situation. Everton were the first to drop out of the race, and the player’s wish to test himself in the Premier League therefore had him leaning towards Arsenal until Napoli made him a last-gasp lucrative contract offer.
Nonetheless, talks with Arsenal on Saturday yielded a significant breakthrough, and Gabriel is now scheduled to travel to London on Monday to complete the move which should see Lille receive up to €30 million (£27m) for giving his services up.
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