OFFICIAL: Arsenal completes signing of Gabriel Magalhães from Lille


Premier League side, Arsenal have completed the signing of Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhães from Lille in a deal that could see them pay up to €30 million.

Arsenal have been pursuing the 22-year-old defender ever since the summer window open and passed a medical in London over a week ago and is currently in quarantine having arrived from France.

It’s understood he’s signed a five-year deal with the Gunners.

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The deal was announced in a video on Facebook in which Willian and David Luiz interviewed the new boy over Zoom.

Gabriel joined Lille for £1.5 million in 2017 from homeland side Avai and twice went out on loan the following season to Troyes and Dinamo Zagreb.

The 6’2″ left-sided centre-back had to be patient on his return to the Stade Pierre Mauroy but eventually broke into the team midway through the 2018/19 season.

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Spearheaded by Nicolas Pepe, Lille went onto finish second behind Paris Saint-Germain.

Several clubs across Europe have been tracking Gabriel’s development and there was serious competition for his signature from Napoli, Manchester United and Everton. 

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