Arsenal told to pay €30m for Lille’s in-demand defender

By | May 31, 2020

Arsenal and Chelsea have reportedly been told that they must fork out €30m (£27m) if they want to sign Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes next month.

The 22-year-old centre-back has been persistently rumoured with a move away from the French top-tier recently, with Everton, Real Madrid and Chelsea all credited with their interest.

However, according to Le 10 Sport, the Gunners are at the head of the queue for 22-year-old defender’s services, and the Brazilian centre-back could be an ideal cut-price alternative to their long-term target Dayot Upamecano.

The report also suggests that Lille will be forced into selling at least one of their prized assets to balance the books, with Boubakary Soumare and Victor Osimhen also has been on the radar of the hosts of European teams.

Osimhen has been rumoured with several Premier League teams after a stunning season in the French top tier, and the Gunners have supposedly identified the Nigerian forward as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Gabriel has turned out 34 times across all competitions during the 2019-20 season as Lille finished fourth in the French top-tier.

Chelsea see Gabriel as a perfect defensive partner for Antonio Rudiger, despite Fikayo Tomori’s fine form Lampard is keen on to strengthen his backline for the next campaign.