Breaking News: Arsenal reach agreement with Lille to sign Gabriel Magalhes

Arsenal have won the race to sign highly-rated Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille after beating off interest from Napoli and Manchester United.

The Brazilian star, valued at £22million, has been tracked by a host of teams this summer after an impressive season and how the Gunners have agreed a deal to take him to the Emirates stadium ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

Magalhaes started 23 domestic games for the Ligue 1 side as he helped them to a fourth-placed finish before the French topflight was scrapped early due to coronavirus crisis.

Mikel Arteta’s side have been prioritising reinforcements in defence after finishing eighth in the Premier League table last season, shipping 48 goals, and Magalhaes should help to add some steel and add freshness to the Gunners’ back-line next season.

The north London side have already had dealings with Lille in the past after signing Nicolas Pepe for £72million last summer and have benefited from the existing relationship with Ligue 1 side over a deal of 22-year-old defender.

He should be joined by another youthful presence in defence after William Saliba linked up with the club after spending last season on loan with Saint Etienne.

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