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Juventus trying to tempt Arsenal into sale of reliable regular starter to succeed legend

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Gabriel Magalhaes has become one of the top targets Juventus are looking at to strengthen their defence – if they can prise him away from Arsenal – according to a report.

Arsenal have been relying on Gabriel Magalhaes in defence since he joined them from Lille in 2020. This season, he has been a regular starter alongside Benjamin White at centre-back.

Under contract until 2025 – and with White on the books for a year on top of that – that could be the case for many seasons to come. However, there have been a few transfer rumours regarding Gabriel recently.

He was briefly linked with Barcelona before he instead reaffirmed his commitment to his current club. Now, though, another option has emerged in the shape of Juventus.

According to respected Italian reporter Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus have put Gabriel on their shortlist for their defensive evolution in the summer.

The Turin-based outfit are expecting to lose long-serving leader Giorgio Chiellini. Therefore, they will need someone else to fill the large void the veteran will leave.

Di Marzio has written that Gabriel is now on their agenda to fulfil that task. Like Chiellini, he is a left-footed centre-back who stands at over 6ft tall.

Although Juventus are aware that Arsenal will want to keep Gabriel, they also know there are several of their own players that could appeal in return, such as midfielder Arthur Melo.

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Arthur was on Arsenal’s radar in January, but they couldn’t get a deal done. Perhaps it will be an area to revisit in the summer, though.

Whether it would be worth the cost of losing Gabriel remains to be seen. Arsenal’s plans in defence could also be affected by any decision they make about William Saliba, who is impressing on loan with Marseille.

But Gabriel is more senior and at the age of 24 still has margin for growth himself too. Therefore, Arsenal would be reluctant to part ways with him, it can be assumed.

Gabriel Magalhaes to get first Serie A opportunity?

Juventus will test their resolve, though. If they are successful in getting their man, it would be a first taste of Serie A action for the Brazil international.

He has previously played in Brazil, France and Croatia before his Arsenal experience began two years ago. Now, the Gunners will be waiting to see if he stays for a third season.

There is also a chance that it could include Champions League football, since they currently sit fourth. Juventus, coincidentally, are in the same position in Serie A.

Which one of them Gabriel represents next season remains to be seen.

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