£30m Lille defender eager to test himself in England amid Arsenal links
Lille centre-half Gabriel Magalhaes has opened the door to a switch to the Premier League this summer, amid interest from Premier League clubs, Arsenal and Everton.
The 22-year-old star was having an impressive campaign in Ligue 1 before the season was cancelled over the coronavirus crisis.
The likes of Arsenal, Napoli and Everton in Serie A have all been mentioned with a move for the Brazilian, who is rated at around £30 million.
Mikel Arteta is believed to be on the observation post for a top centre-back with the Gunners once again having serious problems in the defensive area after consecutive losses in the Premier League.
And while Gabriel revealed that his future is yet to be decided, he is interested in a move to England or Italy.
‘It is gratifying because there are a lot of teams talking about me,’ the South American told L’Equipe.
‘Gennaro Gattuso [Napoli’s manager] likes me a lot? I don’t know, we haven’t talked.
‘On the internet, on social networks, there are a lot of things coming out. I do not know what is true. I see every day, ‘Ah Gabriel goes there, then there’.
‘But in fact, we don’t know yet where I’m going to go. Wherever I go it will be to play, to be at the top, at the highest level.
‘And above all in a team that will allow me to go to the Selecao [Brazilian national team].’
In other news, Arsenal were reportedly ready to hand Brazilian attacker Willian a £250,000 per week contract before the COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year.
The report, though, suggests that Arsenal could struggle to offer those terms in the current market because of the financial implications of the worldwide pandemic.