Arsenal agree €30m Gabriel Magalhaes deal
It’s not yet been confirmed by Arsenal, but Fabrizio Romano is calling it.
According to the Italian reporter, Arsenal will sign Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille for €30m.
Gabriel will fly to London on Monday to complete his medical checks, before signing a 5-year contract.
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 Magalhaes: Will he even start for the Gunners?
Probably, although there are doubts.
Gabriel Magalhaes is a 22-year-old centre-back.
Last season, Gabriel played 24 times for Lille in Ligue 1. He scored one goal.
The Gunners have already boosted their centre-half options ahead of next season following William Saliba’s arrival in north London.
Arsenal also have David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding and the injured Calum Chambers as possible centre-half options.
Mikel Arteta plans to win the Champions League by 2023
In 2020-21, Arsenal will compete in the Europa League.
The Gunners only secured a place in the UEFA competition after they beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
Arsenal finished the 2019-20 Premier League season in 8th.
However, according to new Arsenal signing Willian, manager Mikel Arteta has plans to win the Champions League by 2023.
In a recent interview with the Sun, Willian revealed Arteta’s Champions League objective:
One of the reasons I wanted a three-year deal was to be part of a plan, not just a player passing through.
When I talked with the manager he told me why he needed me for three years.
It was that he first wanted to qualify for the Champions League and win it by the time I left. That was what I wanted to hear.
Arsenal star Willian says he and Mikel Arteta have plan to win Champions League in next three years https://t.co/ebm0lT1iPL
— The Sun – Chelsea (@SunChelsea) August 20, 2020
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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