Gabriel Magalhaes ‘prioritising Arsenal transfer’ despite Man Utd interest

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Gabriel Magalhaes wants to join Arsenal from Lille this summer.

The 22-year-old commanding central defender has been linked to several European clubs this summer, which took a step forward after Lille president Gerard Lopez confirmed the player’s intention to leave.

Known as Gabriel, the former Brazil youth international could be seen as a long-term option at the back by Mikel Arteta with the Spaniard keen to build on their FA Cup final win over Chelsea.

Although he has also been linked with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United and Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli, it appears as though the centre-back has his sights set on a move to the Emirates.

French outlet La Voix du Nord, according to Sport Witness, have reported that Gabriel has made a move to north London his priority, despite as many as four clubs, including Everton, agreeing terms with his parent club.

Having said that, no agreement is yet in place, despite the defender having the last two weeks to make up his mind.

Lille chief Gerard Lopez has suggested that his defender is not short of options, having admitted that his departure is almost certain.

“He is one of the players that we allowed to exit the club this summer, he asked for it and wants to try something else,” he told Sky Sports.

“We clearly told him what our expectations were, we spoke to a number of clubs, our expectations were met by a number of clubs and we have given him the time to decide.

“It is going to be entirely his decision. We tend to try and steer our players in certain directions, but at the end of the day it’s the player’s decision. I know he is going to make a decision early next week.

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“He is a super guy and a great football player and he wants to play, there has been a lot of interest but we have clearly decided to close the door to further clubs at this stage and let him choose.”

Gabriel Magalhaes' father liked an Instagram post of his son mocked up into an Arsenal kit on Instagram, suggesting that a move is almost done.

The caption of the image in question reads: “Arsenal have reached an agreement with Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes and are close to agreeing a deal with the club.”

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