Manchester United and Arsenal target Gabriel Magalhaes will make a decision on his future this week, according to reports.
Gabriel enjoyed a fine 2019-20 campaign with Lille, as they finished fourth in the French top flight. The Brazilian played in 24 of their 28 league games.
Due to his impressive form, there has been a great deal of speculation about his future. Several Premier League clubs have been linked with a bid for the 22-year-old.
The front-runners appear to be either Arsenal or Manchester United. The Gunners need to strengthen their defence, despite the impending return of William Saliba from his loan to Saint-Ettiene.
Meanwhile, United are looking for the ideal partner for Harry Maguire. They are negotiating over Kalidou Koulibaly, but Gabriel would be both cheaper and younger.
Everton is another option for Gabriel. Carlo Ancelotti is confident that the board will back him in his first summer transfer window in charge of the Toffees.
And according to L’Equipe, Gabriel’s future will become clearer by the end of the week. The defender is close to making a decision on his next destination.
The French outlet reports that Gabriel has a four-way choice to make. As well as the three Premier League clubs mentioned above, Napoli also want him.
And if any club meets the €30m asking price for the centre-back, Lille will allow him to choose where he wants to go.
Recent reports indicated that Gabriel’s preference is to join Arsenal. The Gunners’ need for a defender is arguably greater, and club officials opened talks with Magalhaes last week.
As a result, the defender now wants to move to the Emirates Stadium “as quickly as possible”. It would be a positive first step for Mikel Arteta in the transfer market, with the Gunners boss keen to reshape his squad.
Arsenal quartet to make way for Gabriel?
With Arsenal planning to use up large funds for the wages of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian, they will have to make some sales to afford any signings.
That will not stop their ambition in the transfer market, though. Recent reports revealed that after Willian arrives, Arsenal will target three more big transfers.
Gabriel is one of them, while the Gunners also want to keep Dani Ceballos on a permanent basis. Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey remains a top target as well.
To raise funds for those three deals, Arsenal are willing to cut their ties with four players, according to recent reports.