Gabriel Magalhaes Arsenal transfer is now completed following the defender’s medical test at the Emirates facility in London. Also, Arsenal agrees to pay his transfer fee worth €30M to Lille (add ons included).
Magalhaes is a 22-year-old center-back who plays for Ligue 1 side Lille. He has spent time on loan at Ligue 2 team Troyes and Dinamo Zagreb II before establishing himself in the Lille squad.
The Brazil international will fly to the Emirates on Monday to complete the deal worth €30M (£27million), plus add ons, signing on a five-year deal.
Gabriel Magalhaes Arsenal Transfer confimed by Fabrizio Romano
Gabriel Magalhaes, who broke out in the Lille squad last season, was very impressive in the French Ligue 1, as he helped them to a fourth-place finish.
His impressive performances earned him a place in the league’s team of the season, which has stirred interest from a plethora of clubs around Europe.
Chelsea, Napoli, and Everton were keen on the 22-year-old while it was earlier reported that Manchester United were seriously interested and had even tried to convince him to join them.
Defender Gabriel Magalhaes Exit confirmed by Lillie Sports director Gerald Lopez
Lille president speaking to BBC sport about Gabriel
Speaking on his exit, Lille president Gerard Lopez told BBC Sport: “Gabriel is young, extremely powerful, currently right now probably one of the two most dominant central defenders in the French league,”
“The way we work is very simple. We explain to him and his environment, his agent, what we are looking for, and once we get those offers the choice is his, like we did with Nico [Pepe] and Victor [Oshimen].
“We are there now, so we told him: ‘Eventually you have to make a decision but we’re not pressing you.’ I think he will make it this week, or next week at the latest. He is leaving, we’ve given the OK for that.
“There’s a lot of competition. He’s a young player so he’s got to make sure he makes the right decision. We help him out a little bit so we tell him: ‘We think this might be the right manager or club for you.’
“He’s got so much talent, he will succeed wherever he goes.”
Gabriel Magalhaes is the second player to switch from Lille to Arsenal in consecutive summers, after the Gunners snapped up Nicolas Pépé arrive for a club-record £72million.