Arsenal has completed the signing of Lille and Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes for £27m on a long term contract. Serie-A club, Napoli, including manchester united and Everton has all held an interest in the center back. He made 34 appearances for Lille in all competition last season as Lille were spotted on the fourth position in the Ligue 1.
The 22-year-old defender will be a major key in Mikel Arteta defense as he will be joined with William Saliba. Saliba spent last season on loan at St Etienne following his signing from the French club last summer. Gabriel becomes the second signing for arsenal after Willian move from Chelsea on a free transfer.
Gabriel Magalhaes has the ability to cover the left-back with almost all his major playing pattern lies in that area. And he can also manage his own position at the same time.
Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta made statements after Gabriel was signed.
We welcome Gabriel to the arsenal. He has many qualities that will strengthen our defense as a team, Arteta said. he also added that Gabriel has proved with Lille that he is a defender that has multiple qualities and the club looks forward to watching him grow as an Arsenal player.
Gabriel Magalhaes will be joined with Pablo Mari and Cedric who made their loan permanent from Flamengo and Southampton respectively in this summer. After Nicholas Pepe, Gabriel becomes the second player to join arsenal.
Arsenal Technical Director also said we are delighted to have signed Gabriel. He is a player we have been studying for some time and he was in demand from a lot of clubs. so we are very proud to agree and completed this transfer with Lille and the player
it was quite hard for Gabriel to adapt to senior team football and went on loan twice. He went to Troyes on loan and later joined Dinamo Zagreb in 2018.