Arsenal have reportedly placed a formal offer for the signing of their Brazilian target. The Gunners are looking to add another defender to their ranks this transfer summer with the club hoping to keep their last season defensive woes behind, oyogist.com reports.
The Gunners have already welcomed their last summer signing William Saliba from Saint Etienne, following his loan spell at the French club last season.
However, the Gunners see him as someone who will command respect in their defense, but are still hoping to sign someone who is equally as good as he is to partner him. With David Luiz and Mustafi still around, experience can be mixed with youthfulness to achieve wonderful results. The player Arsenal is looking to sign is Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes.
According to Calciomercato, Arsenal have placed a formal offer on the table for the Lille defender. The FA Cup champions are aiming to strengthen their central defence ahead of next season and Arteta has reportedly identified Gabriel Magalhaes as a top transfer target.
However, reports have now revealed that Arsenal have submitted an official bid for the Brazilian defender and have also reportedly agreed personal terms with him.
Lille are said to have a gentleman’s agreement with Napoli for Gabriel and the Serie A outfit are prepared to buy him, suppose they sanction the sale of Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Gunners have offered a package of around £25m for Gabriel and that is said to be greater than the fee (£22.6m) proposed by Napoli for the 22-year-old.
While Gabriel is open to a move to Napoli, it is reported that he is not prepared to wait much longer for the club to secure his services.
Arsenal are the only club in the race to sign the Brazilian, following Napoli’s unwillingness to match his transfer fee. Hence, he could be on his way to the Emirates Stadium and it is revealed that Lille would be happy to sell him for the £25m offer on the table.
Should Gabriel make the switch, he could potentially partner compatriot David Luiz or William Saliba, who the club have high hopes on, after his arrival from Saint-Etienne.
Gabriel could prove the perfect addition for Arsenal, with his good passing range and ability to read games the best part of his game.