Arsenal to learn Gabriel Magalhaes transfer decision ‘today’ as Napoli seek deal

Arsenal will discover if their pursuit of Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes has been successful today, according to reports in France.

Magalhaes, 22, is hot property in European football this summer after producing a string of impressive displays at the back for Lille last season, helping the French club secure a fourth-place finish in Ligue 1.

It is believed the Gunners are leading the race for his signature after seeing a £22million bid accepted, although Napoli are also said to have launched a last-minute offer.

The Italian outfit reportedly bettered the personal terms in Arsenal’s five-year contract offer, meaning Magalhaes has a tough decision to make.

According to French journalist Saber Desfarges, the centre-back will make his final decision on Wednesday.

It is believed his preference is to seal a move to the Premier League, handing Arsenal a major boost over Gennaro Gattuso’s side.

And Magalhaes’ father, Marcelo, has even liked a post on Instagram from aftvmedia which shows his son in a mocked up Gunners kit ahead of the proposed move.

Known as Gabriel, the Brazilian has gained plenty of plaudits this season at Lille and has also been linked with a switch to Manchester United.

The 6ft 3in star is known for his strength and heading ability, meaning he could be the perfect centre-back partner for returning Arsenal defender William Saliba next season.

Mikel Arteta is wasting no time in bolstering his squad ahead of the new season, which is due to get underway on September 12.

The Gunners have already sealed a free move for another Brazilian star in Willian, who left London rivals Chelsea upon the expiry of his contract.

They have also secured permanent deals for Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares, while talks are ongoing over a full-time switch for Dani Ceballos.

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Reports suggest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also set to commit his future to Arsenal after entering the final year of his current contract last month.

The Gabon international proved an invaluable member of Arteta’s side last season, bagging a match-winning brace in their FA Cup final triumph over Chelsea.

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