Gabriel Magalhães completes Arsenal medicals ahead of Premier League move
Gabriel Magalhães has completed his Arsenal medicals ahead of a 5-year transfer deal to the London side from Lille. Gabriel will shortly put pen to paper on a 5-year contract that will make him a gunner till 2025.
The agreement will see him join Arsenal on a fee of €30m from French club Lille.
The 22-year-old Brazillian central defender has been linked with different clubs in Europe including Manchester United and Napoli.
Napoli was hoping to sign Gabriel Magalhães if and when the deal to take Kalidou Koulibaly to Manchester City completes but it was taking longer and Arsenal kept pushing for the deal.
Manchester United, on the other hand, joined in the race for the top-rated Brazillian at the late hours, only contacting his agent a few days.
Verdict: Gabriel Magalhaes will prove a quality center back for Arsenal due to his physical qualities that bodes well with the Premeir League tempo
Gabriel, a left-footed defender, is a physically strong and experienced defender, with excellent passing range and very good in aerial duels. He showed his qualities in the French Ligue 1 in the just concluded 2019/2020 season, after making his first senior debut for Lille in 2018.
Gabriel joined Lille from Avaí FC in 2017 and established himself as one of the leading defenders in the French Ligue 1.
Gabriel Magalhães will be looking at the prospect of teaming up with Willian Saliba, another defensive gem whom Arsenal signed in 2018 from Saint-Étienne but was loaned back to the club as part of the deal.
Arsenal head coach made his desire known about having left-footed central defenders to help balance his team at the Emirates. Gabriel becomes Arsenal's second signing of the summer following the transfer of Willians from Chelsea on a free deal some weeks ago.
Mikel Arteta's new project at Arsenal
There were many doubts about Mikel Arteta when he got called up by Arsenal for the head coach role at the club judging by the facts that he has never managed a club before but he has proved himself ever since taking up the role.
Arteta, who won his first trophy at the club after beating Frank Lampard's Chelsea team in the FA cup final, is looking to strengthen and rebuild the gunner's team ahead of the new campaign.
A lot of restructuring is currently going at the football club, with many staff members let go, and just yesterday, the club recruited Brentford’s set-piece specialist Andreas Georgeson to Mikel Arteta's backroom team.
Arsenal is also looking to offload some old players, with many on the transfer outgoing list, including Mohammed Elneny who spent a year on loan at Besiktas, Rob Holding, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Sead Kolasinac Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
On the incoming list, Thomas Partey remains a top target for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta's team, with rumours that his release clause will be activated by the London club in the coming days.
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