Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes has revealed that he told his agent “from the start” that he wanted to move to the Gunners if their interest became serious.
The Brazilian has added a new dimension to Arsenal’s back line with his arrival in north London during the recent transfer window.
However, before he signed, he was the subject of links elsewhere in Europe. Indeed, Manchester United and Napoli were among the clubs reportedly chasing the then-Lille centre-back.
But Gabriel has now said that, amid the interest from other clubs, he felt convinced by Arsenal’s pulling power.
“I was trying not to hear too much about transfer speculation because you always end up thinking about everything that’s going on,” the 22-year-old told Arsenal Player.
“After Arsenal came into the equation, he [agent] told me about other clubs that were interested, but I chose Arsenal because it was a dream for me.
“It’s a club that I really like and always watched on TV, with fantastic history.
“Arsenal is a huge club, one of the biggest in the world, and I told my agent from the start that if Arsenal came in for me, I wanted to wear the shirt, play at the stadium and feel the fans’ support because it’s a club I’ve always watched.
“I’m now very pleased to be here today alongside top players. It’s a childhood dream of mine.”
Left-footed centre-back Gabriel has proved vital in allowing boss Mikel Arteta to play out from the back.
However, the Gunners have often failed to match that style of play with creativity going forward. Indeed, they have only scored one Premier League goal in their last four top-flight outings.
Arsenal circulate five players for exits
Meanwhile, reports have claimed that Arsenal are willing to sell five players in order to raise £90million in transfer funds.
Thomas Partey, who cost £45million from Atletico Madrid, was Arsenal’s biggest signing of the recent window. However boss Arteta was also reportedly keen on Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.
As such, to fund a future move for the 22-year-old Frenchman, five players have supposedly gone up for sale.