Chelsea set to miss out signing of £19.9m-rated Ligue 1 defender

By | July 12, 2020

Serie A giants Napoli have reportedly agreed on a deal with Lille for Chelsea and Arsenal transfer target Gabriel Magalhaes.

Having impressed for the French outfits during the last two campaigns, Gabriel has been strongly linked with a move to the English top-tier.

However, despite interest from the likes of Chelsea, Everton and Arsenal, it appears that the 22-year-old centre-back could be moving to Italy.

According to Foot Mercato, Gennaro Gattuso’s side have been able to agree on a fee of €22m (£19.91m) plus bonuses with Lille for the centre-back’s services.

Although other teams could still make an official approach, Gabriel is believed to have agreed a five-year contract with the Serie A giants.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly planning to make a summer move for Hellas Verona defender Marash Kumbulla.

The 20-year-old defender who came through the youth system at Verona has managed to found back of the net once in 18 Serie A games during the 2019-20 season.

Chelsea have recently been credited with an interest in the Albania international defender amid suggestions that he could be available for £27m when the transfer window will be re-opened in the summer.

According to FC Inter News, though, the Gunners have also joined the race for the 20-year-old defender and are prepared to battle a number of teams for the central defender’s services.