Man Utd swoop in for Arsenal, Everton target to partner Maguire

Date published: Wednesday 29th July 2020 7:20

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Manchester United have registered their interest in Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, according to reports.

Gabriel has established himself as one of the best centre-backs in Ligue 1 over the past couple of years. His time in France could soon be up, though, as he is preparing for the next step.

That could bring him to the Premier League, where Everton had previously been close to a deal. Gabriel even went on a tour of their training ground before the lockdown.

However, the Toffees now face strong competition for the 22-year-old. According to The Mirror, Manchester United and Arsenal have joined the race.

There is also interest from Napoli, who may need to replace Kalidou Koulibaly if he leaves for Manchester City. Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain could tempt Gabriel to stay in France.

The number of suitors have taken note after Lille reduced their asking price for Gabriel. Everton were ready to agree a £20m deal, but have put their interest on the back-burner – and someone could swoop in to sign him for less than that amount.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the lookout for the perfect partner to Harry Maguire. The England defender was ever-present for United in the 2019-20 Premier League season, becoming club captain in the process.

However, Solskjaer is yet to find his preferred partner at the back, and knows he needs to do so in order to close the gap with the top two.


Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly remain decent options, but with Chris Smalling unlikely to return after his loan spell at Roma – despite the Italians struggling to match the asking price – Solskjaer wants to strengthen the area.

Gabriel could fit the bill, and United will be alerted to all the latest updates on his future. However, Arsenal are also in the hunt, as Mikel Arteta prepares for his first summer in charge.

Shaking up the defence is one of Arteta’s top priorities, despite the recent renewal of David Luiz and impending arrival of William Saliba after his loan at Saint-Ettiene.

The Gunners could still bring in another new face, and Gabriel is an option for them.

London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham have also been linked with moves for Gabriel in recent months.


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