Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes wants to join Arsenal “as quickly as possible” after snubbing Manchester United’s interest, according to a report.
Reports have claimed both clubs are keen on the Brazilian, who has impressed in the last 18 months.
Initially, United looked to have overtaken their rivals in the race for the 22-year-old. The Red Devils had offered more than the likes of the Gunners, Everton and Napoli.
However, Chris Smalling’s imminent arrival back at Old Trafford induced a change of heart. As such, Arsenal swooped in and assumed pole position.
Now, French outlet La Voix des Sports claims Gabriel has his heart set on a move to north London after speaking to Arsenal officials this week.
Gabriel was impressed by the negotiations with the Gunners and now wants to seal his move urgently. The source adds that Lille and Arsenal will clarify the situation in the “coming days”.
As for United, they have not had their “last word”, which could prove crucial in the player’s thoughts. Indeed, United could tempt Gabriel with the prospect of Champions League football next season.
Everton, however, have ended their interest and no longer want to compete with their Premier League rivals.
Should Arsenal get the deal for Gabriel over the line, it will solidify their relationship with Lille. The two clubs negotiated successfully last summer to allow Nicolas Pepe to move to the Premier League.
As for Lille, Gabriel’s sale – which could amount to €30million (£27million) – will boost their income further. The Ligue 1 side earned €50million (£45million) by selling Victor Osimhen to Napoli.
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