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DONE DEAL: Arsenal complete the deal to sign superstar defender from Ligue 1

According to the Guardian journalist, Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal have
reached an agreement to sign Gabriel from Lille .

The 22-year-old Brazilian defender has been reportedly targeted by a host of clubs including the likes Napoli and Manchester United.

However according to reports, Romano has claimed that the Gunners have agreed a fee in the regionof €30m (plus add ons) for Gabriel. He tweeted – ‘the deal is finally
done’.

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)

GABRIEL MAGALHÃES TO ARSENAL, HERE WE GO!
TOTAL AGREEMENT JUST COMPLETED: HE WILL FLY ON MONDAY TO LONDON TO SIGN HIS CONTRACT UNTIL JUNE 2025, €30M TO LILLE (ADD ONS INCLUDED),
OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON NEXT WEEK. THE DEAL IS FINALLY DONE. #AFC #ARSENAL #TRANSFERS
— FABRIZIO ROMANO (@FABRIZIOROMANO) AUGUST 22,
2020

Gabriel will fly to London with his agent to sign his his 5 years contract with arsenal.
If the deal goes through, which looks highly likely, it will be Arsenal’s second deal with clubs from French league and Lille in particular.

Last year, the Gunners signed Lille winger Nicolas Pepe for a club-record fee of £72m.

The Brazilian defender, who joined Lille in 2017 was superb during the 2019-20 campaign for the French club side.

The arrival of Gabriel could pave the way for several departures. The likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Sokratis Papastathopoulos could be sold or loan or even release for free while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and out-of-favour Matteo Guendouzi are also likely to depart.

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