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Arsenal announce the signing of 23 year old center back from Lille

Arsenal have completed the signing of highly rated center back Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille for £27million.

The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move to the Gunners over the last few weeks and has finally signed a long-term contract with Arsenal after passing a medical earlier this week.

Lille’s Brazilian defender Gabriel holds a press conference at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on November 4, 2019 on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Valencia and Lille. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP) (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The transfer was confirmed when the Brazilian defender appeared as a guest on Arsenal’s Youtube channel alongside fellow countrymen David Luiz.

The Gunners fought off interest from Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli to sign Magalhaes and becomes Mikel Arteta’s fourth summer signing. Joining Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares and willian.

The player’s agent, Guilherme Miranda, revealed last week how the young centre-back snubbed bigger wages from Premier League rival Manchester United, French champion Paris Saint-Germian and Italian side Napoli to join Arsenal.

His arrival will undoubtedly strengthen as well as bolster Arteta’s defensive department, with the Spaniard now having up to six centre-backs to call upon this season.

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