Lille owner Gerard Lopez has provided an encouraging update to the Gabriel Magalhaes Arsenal transfer saga.
Speaking to talkSPORT in the clip below, Lopez says both Arsenal and Napoli are of high interest to Gabriel, but that a decision looks to be imminent, coming either today or tomorrow…
? “I think it’s fair to say that Arsenal & Napoli are high interests to him.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 20, 2020
Despite Lopez mentioning Napoli, it seems other sources put Arsenal in pole position to get a deal done for Gabriel.
The exciting young Brazilian is expected to have a medical with the Gunners today, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles…
Understand Lille have agreed to sell Gabriel Magalhães to Arsenal for a fee of €30million.
Brazilian centre back due to take medical tomorrow before completing transfer to the Premier League club.
Gabriel was also targeted by Everton, Manchester United and Napoli. #AFC #BRA https://t.co/CSt29pDPmB
— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) August 19, 2020
Castles suggests Gabriel has made the decision to join Arsenal over other suitors such as Napoli, and fans of the north London giants will hope this can soon be confirmed.
Arsenal seem to have a strong relationship with Lille, having also signed Nicolas Pepe from the Ligue 1 side in last summer’s big move.
Gabriel would be another fine addition, with the 22-year-old likely to be an upgrade on AFC’s unconvincing batch of centre-backs like David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.