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Gabriel Magalhaes 'undergoing Arsenal medical' as Mikel Arteta set to win transfer race

Last updated 3 months ago | By Mirror

Gabriel Magalhaes is leaving Lille this summer (Image: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Arsenal look set to complete the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes with the defender set to undergo a medical today.

According to The Telegraph, Arsenal have won the race to land the in-demand Lille centre-back having agreed a £22.6million fee.

It is claimed they have now agreed a five-year deal with the 22-year-old defender - and further reports claim he is set to finalise the deal with his medical.

But coronavirus restrictions mean his medical may have to take place in France before he completes his Premier League move, unless he can gain special exemption to avoid 14-day quarantine and undergo the tests in London.

Magalhaes has been heavily linked with Napoli, who have also had a bid accepted.

The young Brazilian has spent the week deliberating his future with offers on the table and reportedly is excited by a Premier League challenge.

He is now set to line-up alongside fellow youngster William Saliba in a new-look defence under Mikel Arteta which Arsenal hope can help them climb the Premier League table again.

Team-mate Jose Fonte recently confirmed he has been asking about playing in the English top flight.

“The club (Lille) have allowed him to speak with other clubs. He’s in the process of moving,” Fonte told talkSPORT.

“It’s just about him choosing which club, which is a great position to be in. They’re all good clubs.

“We need to understand that every boy’s dream is to play in the Premier League and he’s been asking questions about the Premier League.

“He has been asking questions about clubs in the Premier League. I try to give the best and honest opinions.”

 

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