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Agreement reached as Arsenal beat Man Utd, Napoli to £22m star

Arsenal are on the brink of securing the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes, according to reports.

Reports have linked several clubs with a move for the 22-year-old, who has impressed in the last 18 months.

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Initially, Manchester United and Everton were keen as they look to bolster their respective defences. However, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer allegedly holds concerns about a move.

Arsenal have shown interest throughout and, more recently, Napoli have also joined the race. In any case, Lille president Gerard Lopez has confirmed that the player is leaving.

According to Le10 Sport, the two clubs that have “taken control” of proceedings are Arsenal and Napoli.

Both clubs have submitted equal bids, with Lille willing to accept either offer and resigned to losing Gabriel.

However, the Daily Mail claims it is the Gunners who have won the race for his signature.


They claim he has given Arsenal the nod on a move to north London with the fee set at £22million.

That will come as a huge boost to Mikel Arteta and Edu, who had made the Brazilian a prime target this summer. His arrival will add to their central defensive options, which will also be boosted by William Saliba’s arrival from St Etienne.


READ MORE: Nicolas Pepe cited as Lille chief confirms Gabriel exit


Pundit fears Saliba could struggle under pressure

Martin Keown, meanwhile, has warned supporters not to expect too much from Saliba next season.

The player is still a teenager and has a total of just 28 league appearances to his name.

But he has now linked up with Arsenal after ending his time at St Etienne. He cost the Gunners £27m.

Asked if he felt there was undue pressure on the France U20 international, Keown said: “There definitely is.

“It is one of those. I would have been happier if Arsenal had paid more money and brought him at the start of last season.

“There have long-been questions over the Arsenal defence. Saliba was expensive, but he is also young and has not played that many professional games.

“It can’t be expected that he will walk straight into Arsenal, right into the team and be on it from the off.”

Keown also wants a number of fringe Arsenal players sold. Read more from the pundit here….


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