Everton set to hijack Arsenal move for Lille in-demand defender

By | February 25, 2020

Premier League outfits Everton have reportedly identified Lille centre-back, Gabriel, as a potential summer signing.

While the Toffees have made steady progress up the Premier League standings since the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti, they continue to struggle for clean sheets at the back.

After losing 3-2 to the Gunners on Sunday afternoon, Carlo Ancelotti acknowledged that his squad have performed poorly in the centre-back, suggesting that he may want to strengthen his squad that area before next campaign.

According to The Mirror, Gabriel is high up on Carlo Ancelotti’s list after consistently impressing for French outfits during the current season.

Having recently penned a new deal, the Brazilian defender cost in the region of £30m, a fee which may put off some of his suitors.

However, the report claims that the Merseyside Blues are willing to meet that asking price in a bid to edge out the Gunners and Leicester City.

Meanwhile, Paul Merson believes Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal should attempt to sign former Chelsea centre-back Nathan Ake from Bournemouth this summer.

The 24-year-old Netherlands international Ake has emerged as one of the Cherries’ most important players since joining from Chelsea four years ago.

He initially impressed on loan in Eddie Howe’s side before joining on a permanent basis for a club record £20 million.

The Blues have been heavily linked with a swoop for their former player and Merson reckons Nathan would be a welcome addition at his former club Arsenal.

Questioned which areas Mikel Arteta should be looking to bolster ahead of the summer transfer market, Merson told Sky Sports: ‘They need a centre half and a world-class holding midfielder.

‘I think Arsenal need to play with a back three. They’re not good enough as defenders to play as a four.

‘Ake has pace and he’s played in England for a while, so if you brought him in for next season he’s not a player who will need time to get used to the league for six months.