Chelsea are close to agreeing a €35million deal to sign Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille, claims a French journalist.
According to Manu Lonjon, who writes for Eurosport, Chelsea have all but agreed terms for the 22-year-old defender after moving ahead of Arsenal and Everton in the race for his signature.
Le10 Sport claim that Arsenal and Everton both made concrete offers for the Brazil Under-20 international, but they did not meet Lille’s valuation.
The French club have since tied him down to a new contract until 2023, but it is suggested they may concede defeat in their efforts to keep him if an acceptable offer comes in the summer – with the Gunners ready to meet the apparent €35m price on his head.
Everton are big admirers of the centre-back and, according to the Liverpool Echo “have scouted the Brazilian extensively, adding him to their shortlist of centre-half targets”.
Everton though were thought to be waiting for clarity over the transfer window before pressing ahead with plans to try and sign the player.
Gabriel ( LOSC) à Chelsea, c’est très chaud. Quasi bouclé.
Everton tente aussi le coup mais Chelsea loin devant …
— Manu ⭐️⭐️ (@ManuLonjon) March 28, 2020
Now though Chelsea are close to completing their second signing of the next transfer window after already sealing a deal for Hakim Ziyech
The Brazil-born defender has made 34 appearances this season for Lille, scoring once.