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Arsenal inform Juventus of Gabriel Magalhaes price tag with defensive reshuffle on cards

Gabriel Magalhaes, Arsenal defender, celebrates his goal v Everton in Premier League

Juventus are intent on landing Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes, but the Gunners have reportedly slapped a price tag of at least €40m on the player.

Gabriel has become Juve’s top target to replace Matthijs de Ligt, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Dutch centre-back De Ligt is looking to leave the Serie A club and Chelsea are in talks over a move for the player.

The Serie A side may need to replace both Giorgio Chiellini and De Ligt this summer.

Chelsea for their part are looking to replace Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger and De Ligt is understood to be the man Thomas Tuchel wants.

Chelsea’s problem though is De Ligt’s £103m release clause. Juve will not insist on that fee, but they will not let the Holland international move for a bargain price.

Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports in America has tweeted the Blues are ‘making progress’ in their pursuit of De Ligt.

Jacobs added Juventus have reportedly lowered their asking price to £70m and that may be enough of a discount to lure in Todd Boehly.

Gabriel Magalhaes part of Arteta’s plans

Juve are already looking at a replacement and 24-year-old Brazilian Gabriel is the man they want.

Gabriel only arrived in the summer of 2020 from Lille for £27m and is part of Mikel Arteta’s plans.

The report, via FootballItalia, claims Gabriel is not on the market. However, Juve, armed with the De Ligt money, may well make an offer that Arsenal cannot refuse.

Juve can also afford Gabriel’s €2.6m-a-year wages at The Emirates. The country’s growth decree allows clubs to claim huge tax discounts on foreign players’, over 20, and on salaries over €1m.

Gunners boss Arteta currently has Ben White, Pablo Mari and Rob Holding, while William Saliba has returned for his loan at Marseille.

Saliba may well be in line to make his Arsenal debut this season after a number of loan spells.