Gabriel Magalhaes seems set to go away Lille this summer season as a transfer to Arsenal seems ever nearer.
The 22-year-old centre-back had a standout season with the Ligue 1 aspect as they completed fourth within the shortened French season.
A variety of Premier League golf equipment have been stated to be concerned with signing him together with Manchester United and Everton however Arsenal are in pole place proper now with reviews counsel a deal has been agreed.
Lille president Gerard Lopez is resigned to shedding the defender, valued at round £27million.
“It’s true that he wish to go and take a look at one thing else out. We haven’t taken that call but, however he’s obtained plenty of affords,” he just lately advised Sky Sports activities.
“I really feel he’s nearer to at least one membership than others, however nothing’s achieved but so we’ll see.
Ligue 1 appearances: 23(1)
Ligue 1 objectives: 1
Clear sheets: 12
Profitable tackles per 90: 1.8
Clearances per 90: 3.4
Aerials gained per 90: 3.6
Move success: 82.2 per cent
“I wouldn’t need to say any extra as I respect the participant an excessive amount of. The mechanism I’ve in place, and we noticed that work so effectively with Nico [Nicolas Pepe], is that I’ve a sure value in thoughts for a participant, and on the finish of the day it’s the participant’s option to go and play the place he desires to play. That’s the respect that I’ve for them.”
Right here at talkSPORT.com, we’ve taken a have a look at every thing it’s essential to know concerning the Ligue 1 star.
Membership profession thus far?
The defender got here by way of the ranks at Brazilian membership Avai FC earlier than being snapped up by Lille in 2017 for £1.5m whereas he was nonetheless an adolescent.
Gabriel was loaned out to Ligue 2 aspect Troyes after which to Dinamo Zagreb earlier than breaking into the Lille first-team.
The 22-year-old made 24 Ligue 1 appearances within the shortened season because of the coronavirus pandemic the place his aspect completed fourth.
The French league was ended after 28 video games attributable to COVID-19.
He additionally featured six instances within the Champions League as Lille completed backside of Group H, which contained Valencia, Chelsea and Ajax.
Gabriel has performed for Brazil’s Below-20s and featured on the South American Below-20 Championship in 2017.
The defender has but to obtain a call-up to Brazil’s senior squad.
What has been stated?
Lille president Gerard Lopez lavished reward on the younger centre-back earlier this yr.
He stated: “I really feel he’s among the many high 5 dominant central defenders in Europe proper now. His statistics, which aren’t effectively lined outdoors of France, reveals that his share for profitable duels is fairly extraordinary in a league that’s extraordinarily bodily.
“He’s an absolute machine, so to me, he’s effectively on his method – if not this yr – to probably a extremely massive membership. I’m sure he’s on his option to the Brazilian nationwide group in some unspecified time in the future.
“He’s been linked to 2 golf equipment within the UK and he’s clearly been linked to different golf equipment which have both enquired or moved ahead with proposals for him, however we’re not in a rush and we’re not taking part in proper now. The participant isn’t on the pitch.”
Arsenal, Manchester United, Napoli and Everton have all reportedly been linked with the 22-year-old.
Gabriel is believed to have made a visit to Merseyside earlier this yr to see Everton’s coaching floor however their £18m bid was rejected. Lille are thought to need one thing within the area of £27m.
Napoli are additionally and journalist Gianluca di Marzio claimed the Serie A membership had a ‘gentleman’s settlement’ to signal him.
Lille have already offered striker Victor Osimhen to the Italian aspect this summer season.
Gabriel advised Brazilian outlet UOL: “I observe, however I attempt to keep aside. I all the time inform my managers that, at this second, I need to know as little as doable in order to not lose concentrate on the pitch.
“I’m completely happy to see my identify being linked with nice groups. It reveals that the work I’ve achieved thus far has been good.
“I additionally see many followers of the 2 groups commenting on my posts on Instagram [laughs]. It’s humorous.”
Chelsea had been beforehand linked with the defender and when requested about Blues boss Frank Lampard, Magalhaes added: “He was an incredible participant undoubtedly. He’s a type of gamers that I admired on the small display.
“However we’ve to be calm with all this. It’s early and I renewed my contract with Lille till 2023.”
But it surely now appears nearly sure the participant might be shifting to the Emirates to play beneath Mikel Arteta in London
How Arsenal may look with Gabriel
It appears Arteta is extremely eager on utilizing new signing Willian as a No.10, leaving us to imagine this formation is the probably for the Gunners.
Which means simply two centre-back slots accessible with Gabriel set to take one, though given Arsenal might be competing in 4 competitions he’ll rotate with the likes of David Luiz, William Saliba, and Rob Holding, whereas reviews counsel Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi may very well be offered to stability the books.
Lucas Torreira in the meanwhile would associate Granit Xhaka however a Dani Ceballos substitute would absolutely be most popular.
If we take the Gunners’ closing formation of the season into consideration, together with the signing of Willian, we’ve obtained a reasonably good concept of how they may look.
Gabriel would slot right into a back-three alongside Luiz and fellow newcomer William Saliba.
Willian and Pepe would function as wider No.10s behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who would transfer to a line-leading position.
Xhaka and Torreira are the metal to permit wing-backs Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin to get ahead and help in huge areas.